Responding to Chemical and Biological Incidents at Home

Hammes, Thomas X.
January 2005
JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly;Winter2005, Issue 36, p79
The article focuses on the military readiness to chemical and biological incidents in the U.S. The article states that responders know what is required to react to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive (CBRNE) attack. They must execute mitigation and rescue. Mitigation consists of both stopping the release of more agents and cordoning off the area to limit victims. Rescue consists of entering the contaminated area, finding victims, extracting them, decontaminating them, and treating them. The vast majority of the population is within a five-hour drive of a Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) unit.


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