July 29, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
A contingent representing over 350 personnel from 10 NATO nations today concluded Exercise Precise Response at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Suffield Research Centre, in Suffield, Alberta. From July 11 to 29, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) specialists trained together to respond to potential real-life scenarios as part of the NATO Reactionary Force, a coalition against the use of CBRNE threats.
During Exercise Precise Response, participants faced biological, chemical, and radiological emergency situations using live agents in a controlled environment. The exercise offered specialists the opportunity to test their skills, improve interoperability, and enhance coalition preparedness in one of the most thorough and realistic environment.
Participants had to complete scenarios, such as a potential threat in a public place like an airport, a bus or a restaurant. More complex scenarios brought multi-national teams to address potential attacks by extremists. In some instances, participants used intelligence to attempt to thwart an attack while in others, they arrived at the scene following an incident. In both types of scenarios, specialists used their skills and knowledge to identify the type of threats they were facing and used proper techniques, tactics and procedures to address the threats and remove it.
· Over the past 13 years, Exercise Precise Response has hosted over 3,850 military CBRN specialists from all NATO-member countries.
· This year, there were 15 Canadian soldiers from 2nd Canadian Division, providing a reconnaissance and sampling capability for one of the CBRNE task forces.
· DRDC is an agency of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND). It provides DND, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and other government departments, as well as public safety and national security communities, with the knowledge and technological advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad.
· The DRDC Suffield Research Centre is co-located with Canadian Forces Base Suffield, in Suffield, Alberta — approximately 45 kilometres west of Medicine Hat. Previously known as the Experimental Station, Suffield, it was established in 1941 as a joint Canada/UK effort for chemical and biological research. To this day, what is now known as Canadian Forces Base Suffield, is home to members of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as members of the British Army Training Unit Suffield, also known as BATUS.