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Minnesota National Guard
Civil Support Team Opens Doors to First Responders

SAINT PAUL, Minn - The 55th Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) hosted an open house on Wednesday Nov 27, 2012 The event showcased their equipment, capabilities, and newly renovated building to first responders and fellow military personnel

The 55th CST (WMD)'s mission is to identify chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) agents and substances; assess a suspected CBRNE event; advise civilian first responders and facilitate requests for assistance for additional state and federal assets

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Many individuals from multiple state agencies attended the open house including Minnesota's Departments of Health, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Saint Paul Fire Department

"It is always important to show support and foster relationships with your interagency partners, " said Kevin Reed, State Emergency Response Team Coordinator of the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The 55th CST (WMD) displayed a wide range of their equipment including the Unified Command Suite, Analytical Laboratory System, and multiple pieces of equipment their Entry Team uses during a response "It helps to know what others can bring to the table before you are on a real response," said Reed

"The 55th CST (WMD)'s strengths lie within its partnerships with our local first responders This was evident by all three levels of our local community in attendance from fire fighters to state agencies and even the FBI," said 55th CST (WMD) Commander, Army Lt. Col. Robb Mattila

The 55th CST remains committed to the citizens of Minnesota and the National Guard by providing trained, ready, and competent Soldiers and Airman prepared to realize any Federal, State, and community demand

Staff Sgt Shaun Eineke
55th Civil Support Team
Nov 27, 2012

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