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In Pictures: Homeland Response Force Exercise

More than 375 members of the New York National Guard Homeland Response Force trained to mobilize and deploy in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist first responders in evacuating casualties, providing decontamination and medical triage during a CBRN incident.

These professionals sharpened their skills during training at the Erie County Emergency Services Training and Operations Center Nov. 12-16.

Cold November winds hovering near freezing and snow flurries did little to hinder the hundreds of Guardsmen and women who donned hazardous material suits in a simulated CBRN environment to work through the challenges of the training site’s rubble pile and operate a decontamination line and medical triage site.

Image courtesy of the New York National Guard

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