The 12 CERFPs are units of 100 or more Guard members who can extract people from confined spaces or collapsed structures, decontaminate victims with assembly-line precision, and triage and stabilize medical casualties.
CERFPs are located in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.
The CERFPs are not new entities, but an adaptation of units that already exist.
Twenty-five Guardsmen from his engineering squadron comprise the search and extraction unit of Florida's CERFP.
Those engineering skills particularly are applicable to performing search and extraction missions in a CERFP, he said.
The 17 CERFPs
provide a more robust capability to come in and begin to assist the state in the consequence management portion of that.
The CERFP is trained to help local, state or federal authorities locate, care for and decontaminate casualties suffered in an attack by chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons, or other high-explosive devices.
During the recent evaluation by officials from Fifth Army, the CERFP team demonstrated its readiness to quickly care for a large group of people, officials said.
The CERFP supports the incident commander by planning and exercising
security operations and, if applicable, CERFP operations.
The National Guard's capabilities include 17 CERFPs
and 10 regionally aligned Homeland Response Forces.
Operationally, the Guard has been proactive in adapting to the post-9/11 world with the creation of HRFs, CSTs and CERFPs
as well as the JFHQ-State construct, but the necessary changes to develop an intelligence infrastructure capable of supporting the new missions and force structure have not yet materialized.