BOSTON – Massachusetts National Guardsmen assist the Boston Police Department to secure Fenway Park in time for game two of the 2013 World Series here Oct. 24, 2013.
Technicians from the 1st Weapons of Mass Destruction – Civil Support Team, Massachusetts National Guard, accompanied the Boston Police Special Operations Unit during a sweep of the ballpark for explosives and other WMDs.
The Soldiers and Airmen of the team are trained to detect nuclear, radiological, biological, chemical, and explosive weapons.
The team has a rigorous training schedule, but they also have a lot of real-world experience.
Only one miledown the road about six months ago, the team was on duty to support the 117th running of theBoston Marathon. After the bombs went of the team quickly detected that there were no nuclear, chemical or biological hazards, so investigators could proceed without delay.
One of the members of the unit who was on duty that day, Sgt. Michael Wall, elaborated saying, “Because of our training and the equipment we carry we can quickly start the process to test possible agents as we come across them and determine what they are. We were on duty during the marathon and we were right there, so we used sensors to eliminate the presence of potential hazards.”
Maj. Matthew Woolums, commander, of the 1st Weapons of Mass Destruction – Civil Support Team, Massachusetts National Guard, explained the units mission saying, “We have teams paired up with Boston Police Explosive Ordnance teams as well as the Boston Fire Department, and we are going to be inside and outside of the parkduring the game.