DTRA/SCC-WMD Builds Philippines CBRN Response Capability

EDGEWOOD, MD – The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Preparedness Program (CP2) is currently engaged in an intensive four-week training event for the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ newly established CBRN Response Team. The event is being conducted at the Advanced Design and Manufacturing (ADM) Facility in cooperation with the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO CBD) in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The 27 participants will be trained in CBRN preparedness, reconnaissance, and decontamination skills, in addition to learning operating procedures for the CBRN Dismounted Reconnaissance (DR-JUONS) kit provided by CP2 to create an operational capability for preparation to support the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) Summit planned for the fall of 2015.

During the training course, members of the Philippines Army CBRN Response team will practice donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE) at various levels of protection, participate in agility drills while in PPE, conduct personal decontamination and engage in practical application skills preparing them to receive a DR-JUONS kit. The course will culminate in a scenario-driven exercise observed by distinguished visitors from the Philippine Army, the Armed Forces Philippines, and members of DTRA leadership.