US soldiers from part of the 773rd Civil Support Team have been busy training the Kosovo Security Force’s new HazMat unit, according to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
The 7th Civil Support Command team, joined by a soldier from the Iowa National Guard, trained 20 members of the Kosovo HazMat team from May 12-21, 2014, in Pristina, Kosovo.
The Kosovo Security Force was trained to protect and use various equipment, including HazMat identifier equipment.
Kosovo HazMat members also faced a simulated scenario of a chemical contamination from a truck accident and spill.
“We were giving them basic (hazmat) training,” Sgt. Tameeka Dubose, a survey team member of the 7th CSC, told BioPrepWatch. “We’re really here to assist them in finding their gaps in what they can do better and increase their knowledge of CBRN.”
“Today was a culminating practical exercise that tested all of the training we taught them,” Dubose said. “We’re using the training to actually evaluate how much they remember from the equipment we taught them on and applying that and showing us how they would execute a response to a CBRN type incident. They showed us that they did learn a lot from us with basic use of equipment and some of the application of the CBRN information we gave them. Seeing them respond to a simulated CBRN incident allowed us to visually gauge where they stand, when it comes to basic CBRN or (hazmat) concerns.”