by By Airman 1st Class Samantha Saulsbury
460th Space Wing Public Affairs
3/19/2014 - Erie, Colo.- -- Colorado
Army and Air National Guard service members pry through pounds of
wreckage, investigating every inch of rubble in a determined search for
The National Guard Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and
High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package Team spend a
weekend once every three months combing through a mock incident site.
According to the National Guard website, the CERFP duties include
extracting and rescuing casualties trapped in rubble, decontaminating
them, and performing medical treatment to stabilize them for transport
to a medical facility.
Each drill weekend, a different real-world situation is executed. From
tornadoes to chemical attacks, the Soldiers and Airmen of CERFP are
trained to respond quickly. During the most recent drill, CERFP members
were called in for a simulated explosion at Sports Authority Field, home
of the Denver Broncos. Members practiced donning chemical gear,
chemical alarm procedures and how to decontaminate and medically treat
"This past weekend was an event to practice our mission skill set and
set us up for success when we participate in the National Guard Bureau
Vigilant Guard Exercise in Salt Lake City, Utah," said U.S. Army Capt.
Timothy Trimbur, 147th Brigade Support Battalion CERFP decontamination
The sum of all their hard work and training has allowed the CERFP to
respond effectively to several real emergency situations in the past few
years. Recently, the CERFP deployed two search and extraction teams
during the Colorado floods to assist in search and rescue.
"While no one ever wishes for an emergency incident, it is very gratifying to be a part of a response that helps," Trimbur said.
Although the mission can get difficult, Trimbur explained the most
fulfilling part of his job is the utmost appreciation of the people he
"Just a simple 'Thank you for what you do,' makes everything we do on a
day-to-day basis worth it," Trimbur said. "It's why I get up every
morning and put on the uniform."