Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Civil Support Teams Train with Multi-Gas Detection Systems

Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Civil Support Teams Train with Multi-Gas Detection Systems

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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - When disaster strikes you can count on the Army Reserve Soldiers from the 771st and 773rd Civil Support Teams to suit up and detect the hazards that lurk in the air.

The 771st and 773rd CSTs trained on AreaRE A Multi-Gas Detection Systems at Daenner Kaserne recently as part of the 7th Civil Support Command's transformation into a force that can support civil authorities in a chemical, biologica radiological, and nuclear incident. The one-day chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear training conducted by RAB Systems representative Frank Moddemann was designed to train the trainer.

"It was very fine training," said Sgt. Tony Luther from the 771st CST in Bamberg, Germany. "I was appreciative of the fact that we got it directly from a technician from the company, it gave us a lot more insight because it's one of those skills you have to continuously use."

Luther was one of four Soldiers who will return to train the rest of his unit.

The system consists of a Rapid Deployment Kit, a laptop computer that connects remotely to four to 32 detectors. The detectors, resembling large transistor radios, monitor oxygen levels and combustible and toxic gases such as benzene, carbon monoxide, and chlorine. The AreaRAE also has the ability to detect gamma radiation. Exposure to gamma rays can cause serious damage when absorbed by living tissue and are therefore considered a health hazard.

"You put the detectors up around a "hot" zone, move away, and monitor what is happening from a safe location, up to three to four miles away," said Moddemann.

It was very important for the Soldiers to set the units up and become familiar with them, he added. …

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