Forum staff reports, Published August 22 2012
Video: Emergency response teams conducting training exercise in north FargoFARGO - It's just a training exercise.
At 9 this morning, the North Dakota National Guard's 81st Civil Support Team - in conjunction with Fargo-Moorhead Hazmat and the North Dakota Air National Guard's fire department and emergency management - started conducting a no-notice emergency response exercise.
The teams were alerted to the mission - a simulated chemical and radiation response - about 8 a.m. and responded as if it was a real-world situation in order to fine-tune training and response procedures, a release from the Guard stated.
The exercise is taking place at the Air National Guard's regional training site on 32nd Avenue North in Fargo, where a civilian cargo transport plane has crashed for unknown reasons and started on fire.
The Air National Guard's firefighters are expected to be the first on the scene and make the call to F-M Hazmat, the release stated. The hazmat team should detect a radiation source, which will prompt a call to the 81st Civilian Support Team. The team, comprised of North Dakota National Guard soldiers and airmen, stands ready to respond immediately, at any time of day or night, to chemical, nuclear, biological, radiological and explosive hazards, the release state.
The team will fly equipment and personnel on a UH-60 Black Hawk from Bismarck as part of the response.
The training expected to continue most of the day.