Respond to support civil authorities at a domestic Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Incident by identifying CBRNE agents/substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response and mitigation measures, and assisting with appropriate requests for additional state/federal support.
The 13th Civil Support Team is a small, highly trained, Rhode Island National Guard unit that supports local, state, and federal agencies responding to an attack involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The role of the 13th CST will be to rapidly deploy and support the local incident commander at the scene in determining the nature and extent of an attack or incident and how best to mitigate.
The 13th CST is comprised of 22 men and women. All are full-time Title 32 Active Guard members of the Rhode Island Army or Air National Guard under the command and control of the Governor. The unit consists of six elements: Command Section, Administrative/Logistics section, Operations section, Medical section, Communications section, and a survey team. The basic doctrine for military support to civil authorities has been the baseline for the employment concepts of the 13th CST. Local, State, and Federal response agencies have worked with 13th CST to develop their specialized doctrine, training, and equipment.
The 13th Civil Support Team (WMD), Rhode Island National Guard, is located at the Coventry Air National Guard Station, 570 Read School House Road, Coventry, Rhode Island 02816. Membership in this unit is open to Army and Air National Guard. Soldiers/Airmen in this unit are trained in Nuclear/Biological/Chemical (CMF 54), Medical (CMF 91), Computers and Communications (CMF 25) and Supply/Logistics (CMF 92).
- Advise local civil authorities as to initial agent/site containment and mitigation measures.
- Advise civil authorities as to the capability of potential additional support assets and assist with requests for such assets.
- Advise civil authorities as to initial casualty medical management & casualty minimization measures.
- Detect and presumptively identify chemical, biological, and radiological agents/substances present at an incident site.
- Determine the current contaminated area and assess current and potential hazards to personnel, animals, and selected critical infrastructure.
- Provide incident related technical and situational awareness information to and from nation wide sources.
- Provide onsite mobile analytical platform to perform presumptive analysis and provide assessment through reach-back capability to designated State and Federal agencies with additional technical expertise.
- Provide decontamination of assigned personnel and equipment, and advise incident commander on setting-up a decon site.
- Participate in advanced planning, coordination, and training processes with local, state, and federal agencies.