­HAZMAT training readies 2-14th Cav. for CBRN threats

| October 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Joel Alexander
2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Divisio

Soldiers from Delta Troop’s CBRN reconnaissance platoon with the 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, conduct an unknown-substance analysis during TICPDE training. (1st Lt. Joseph Lewandowski | 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID)FORWARD OPERATING BASE COBRA, Iraq — Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducted Toxic Industrial Chemical Protection and Detection, or TICPDE, training here, Oct. 8-18.

The “Rebels,” Company D’s chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear reconnaissance platoon, trained on Level A and B hazardous materials overgarments and on a variety of sensors used to detect and identify HAZMAT. 

The training provides 2nd BCT with first responders capable of handling CBRN threats and incidents involving potentially hazardous industrial chemicals and chemical warfare agents.

Keeping up their CBRN readiness for Operation New Dawn, the Soldiers learned how to maintain and operate sensors such as the Ahura First Defender, Hazmat ID, Drëgur test tubes and the Multi-RAE, which is used in both civilian and military operations to detect and identify chemical hazards. 

In addition, they learned the proper procedures in planning and executing chemical and biological sensitive-site exploitation and sampling procedures. During the training, Soldiers used the protective suits, along with the self-contained breathing apparatus equipment that is required for Soldiers to operate with while under extremely dangerous or unknown contaminated areas. The different levels of protective overgarments defend against solid, liquid or gas and vapor chemicals. 

The final training focused on technical decontamination methods that are geared toward the TICPDE operations. It culminated with a scenario-based exercise that involved all aspects of 

techniques and procedures the Soldiers learned.   

The Rebel Platoon is now the brigade’s only chemical reconnaissance team prepared to react to all CBRN and hazardous material threats. The platoon uses Stryker nuclear, biological and chemical reconnaissance vehicles that are capable of reacting quickly to any CBRN threat, that provide critical information to higher headquarters and that survey the extent of the contamination or hazards on the battlefield. 

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