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NB Kitsap Sailors volunteer for Chemical and Biological Training Exercise

2/1/2008 12:00 AM

SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Base (NB) Kitsap conducted a chemical and biological training exercise at the Bangor Plaza parking lot Jan. 30.

The purpose of this exercise is to enable the base to test proper policy and procedures in case of emergency situation.

"Everyone in this drill is graded to determine proficiency and evaluate our overall response to a chemical and biological event," said Tracy Brown, NB Kitsap emergency management officer. "The joint staff got together after Sept. 11, 2001, and developed [the] Chemical, Biological and Radiological Program Manager."

"[We] are set up for various scenarios and train for emergency situations like these," said Jim Morford, National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center program coordinator.

More than 30 Sailors from USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) volunteered for the exercise.

"Right now we are role players in a mock chemical and biological attack," said Damage Controlman Fireman Richard Simpson, John C. Stennis. "We each have orange cards that state what our symptoms are and the emergency responders have to use their skills and training to save us."

For one Sailor, having exercises like these are vital to the safety of the base and community.

"Anything can happen at anytime and it's very important to have a plan for situations like this," said Master-at-Arms Seaman Kenneth Boggs, NB Kitsap Security. "Terrorist attacks happen all the time and it's important for all of us to be prepared for real world situations."

Boggs added that numerous organizations such as Navy Region Northwest fire fighters and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal are working together for one mission and that's to contain the site.

Quartermaster 3rd Class (SW) Elizabeth Dundan, from Emory S. Land, said the exercise was great training.

"I am an active member of the ship's flying squad and I wanted to see what training was like off the ship," said Dundan. "This was a really good experience and it's important to be ready to respond to any situation on land or on a ship."

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