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Arizona National Guard’s Civil Support Team Exercises at Salt River Fields

Members of the CST providing decontamination after leaving the simulated impacted area.
Photos submitted by Terry Nelson

Following spring training for baseball at the Salt River Fields another type of training was hosted there recently. The Arizona National Guard’s 91st Civil Support Team (CST) in collaboration with key emergency planning and response personnel at the Salt River Fields exercised their capability to manage a simulated hazardous materials (HAZMAT) event at a large sports venue within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. As subject matter experts in the field of detection and identification of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials, members of the Arizona Army and Air National Guard train in various types of environments to ensure their readiness to respond.

Within the state, Arizona’s 91st CST is one of 57 teams authorized within the United States to serve with local and federal agencies. These Soldiers and Airmen of the 91st CST have the ability to support operations with first responders in a community when requested and authorized. They have the ability to respond equipped with the expertise and resources to identify, manage and mitigate HAZMAT risks.

The Arizona National Guard's 91st Civil Support Team, Salt River Fields staff and SRPMIC Emergency Management staff pose for a group photo following exercise play.
Working with federal, state, local, and tribal partners to enhance working relationships through these simulated exercises allows for response agencies to organize and coordinate efforts to ensure public safety. Building and sustaining partnerships through these types of exercises ensures a seamless and cohesive working environment for those tasked with response.

Emergency planning and response personnel at the Salt River Fields are diligent in preparing staff to further develop their capability to manage various types of events outside of spring training. This opportunity to further enhance working relationships with the 91st CST through exercise play increased participant knowledge of how to manage a HAZMAT events within a large sports venue.

In addition to relationship building with partnering agencies, staff from SRPMIC Emergency Management, SRPMIC Police Department, and the Tribal Liaison from the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs was on hand to observe how the event was managed.

For more information on the related topics or to obtain additional information related to Emergency preparedness please feel free to contact SRPMIC Emergency Management at 480-362-7929 or at Terry.Nelson@srpmic-nsn.gov.