CERFP Capabilities are Showcased by Members of the 143d Airlift Wing

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  • By Master Sgt Janeen Miller
  • 143 AW/PA
Members of the 143d Airlift Wing involved in the Region 1 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) performed a training exercise at Quonset Air National Guard Base, North Kingstown, Rhode Island to demonstrate the team's responsibilities and capabilities to potential new members and Wing leadership. The Region 1 CERFP is made up of 197 members of the Air and Army National Guard from Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

New England CERFP has the ability to respond to a homeland incident to conduct crisis and consequence management operations in support of civil and federal authorities. They also have the capability to identify, asses, advise and assist during a CBRNE and all Hazard incident. The New England CERFP can assemble its personnel in six hours from the time of an official request. The National Guard has organized, trained and equipped 27 National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Packages to provide specialized capabilities that may be requested by local, state, or federal authorities. It is comprised of fulltime and traditional National Guard personnel that are trained and equipped to perform the functions of Patient Decontamination, Medical Triage, Medical Treatment, and Casualty Search and Extraction at a Catastrophic Event