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CERFP in Hawai‘i

March 14, 2013
The Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) – Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) teams are a key element of the Department of Defense’s overall program to provide military support to civil authorities in the event of a natural or human-caused disaster. CERFPs locate and extract victims from a contaminated environment, perform mass patient/casualty decontamination, and provide treatment as necessary to stabilize patients for evacuation. Hawai‘i is one of seventeen states who have CERFPs. Each package has 170 personnel assigned: medical team (45), search & extraction team (50), and decontamination team (75). CERFPs are composed of existing Hawai‘i Army and Air National Guard units on state active duty, Title 32 or Title 10 status, and are specially trained to respond to a weapons-of-mass destruction incident.  They must be ready to deploy within six hours of notification. View a video of the recent CERF-P exercise in Hawai‘i

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