CBIRFChemical-Biological Incident Response Force (US DoD)
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In each case, either INTF-1 or CBIRF would identify or construct a typical search scenario.
CBIRF has been called out on numerous occasions: the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the 1997 Presidential Inauguration, the Summit of Eight in Denver, the 1998 State of the Union Address and the 50th Anniversary of NATO summit in 1999 in Washington.
During Operation Integration, Indiana FEMA TF 1 augmented JTF 781 search and extraction efforts; the Marine CBIRF augmented JTF 781 decontamination efforts; Indiana TF 1, CBIRF, and JTF 781 conducted concurrent technical extraction missions; and units routinely coordinated "across the aisle" for hand offs of operational objectives and capabilities that would best fit a given problem.
Neither state nor Federal assets, with the exception of CBIRF, are currently prepared to assist.
If a weapon of mass destruction is ever employed in the United States, the CBIRF team will be one of the nation's few resources it can call upon.
Under this scenario, CBIRF would respond with critical resources as needed, but its capabilities in security, detection, identification, expert medical advice, and limited decontamination would be quickly overwhelmed.
CBIRF recently received new, improved masks with heads-up displays that let the user know how much air remains.
Dwight Trafton, commanding officer of the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF.)
The Guard is organizing, equipping and training existing units to create regional response forces, similar to the Marines' CBIRF, to perform mass decontamination and rescue functions after major disasters, filling the gap between first responders and the arrival of more robust Defense Department forces.
For example, for the Marine Corps CBIRF, Hammer personnel needed to find fire fighters to participate in the training and had to set up rappelling ropes on the training tower.
Eberhardt, has asked the Guard to develop larger units "roughly analogous to the Marines' CBIRF (Chemical Biological Incident Response Force)," Blum said.