Civil Support Training Activity

Thursday March 29, 2012

What is it?

U.S. Army North's Civil Support Training Activity, trains and evaluates forces designed to respond to (CBRNE) incidents in the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) area of responsibility.

The Region VII Homeland Response Force (HRF), from the Missouri National Guard, to include the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), are the latest to undergo the rigors of an extensive exercise evaluation to determine their readiness to assist the American people in the homeland.

The 566-person HRF is one of ten, throughout the nation, aligned with each FEMA region, able to command and control larger responses and provides internal security while still doing the core missions of the CERFP.

There are 17 CERFPs, each with 186 personnel, throughout the nation prepared to assist local first responders with search and extraction, decontamination and emergency medical assistance.

What has the Army done?

The HRF and CERFP are integral parts of the Department of Defense's tiered CBRN Response Enterprise. The partnership of U. S. Army North and the National Guard assures these forces are prepared to respond to catastrophic CBRN incidents in order to save lives, relieve human suffering and mitigate great property damage. Army North works continually with USNORTHCOM, the Department of the Army, the National Guard and other agencies to further develop, organize and unify the military capability in the United States for CBRNE response.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The purpose of this effort is to fulfill the requirements set forth to continue the establishment of the National Guard's portion of the CBRN Enterprise. The CBRN Enterprise is a critical component in the overall ability of the Department of Defense to perform its Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) mission in which the HRFs and CERFPs, play critical roles. Accordingly, the training, evaluation and exercising of these important assets remains imperative for all components of the Army, NGB, sourcing States, as well as other key stakeholders.

Why is this important to the Army?

Having dedicated, robust, tiered response forces in the homeland meets requirements set forth by the President for an effective national capability to detect, prevent, defeat and manage the consequences of a CBRNE incident.

The HRFs and CERFPs further enhance DOD's capability to respond to a catastrophic CBRN incident or attack within our nation's borders.


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