National Guard Conducts Emergency Exercises at UNH

By Erika Mantz, Media Relations

The New Hampshire National Guard's 12th Civil Support Team (CST) was on campus last week conducting emergency response exercises in Rudman Hall and the Whittemore Center. These exercises were done in cooperation with the University Police Department, Durham Fire Department and UNH Office of Environmental Health and Safety. The mission of the CST is to support local authorities during a domestic chemical, biological or radiological incident. The CST has the ability to identify agents and substances, assess current and projected consequences, advise on response measures, and assist with appropriate requests for federal help.

Members of the team prepare to enter Rudman Hall.

The team is staffed with 22 full-time service members from both the Army and Air National Guard. Three of the team members, including the commander, are UNH alumni. For more information about the New Hampshire National Guard’s 12th Civil Support Team, better known as the “Wildcats,” visit: https://www.nh.ngb.army.mil/CST/index.html.

Lt. Col. Kevin Major, commander of the NH National Guardís Civil Support Team, talks with interim UNH President J. Bonnie Newman about the teamís capabilities and what it can offer the university in the event of an emergency.

Brad Manning, director of UNH’s Office of Environmental Health & Safety; Lt. Col. Kevin Major, commander of the Civil Support Team and a UNH alum; and Roger Wells, a clinical professor in the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at UNH and director of UNH’s Animal Resource Office; work together during a practice drill.

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