On May 21st and 22nd Kalispell Fire Department’s Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team participated in inter-agency drills with Montana National Guard 83rd Civil Support Team (CST). In order to hone skills in multiple areas a variety of disciplines were exercised during these drills. HazMat Team and CST members worked in an integrated response model over the two days to assess and mitigate training scenarios including chlorine leak, pressurized pipe leak, clandestine lab manufacturing processes, and radiologic source identification.
The CST trains with all of Montana’s 6 Regional HazMat Teams on a revolving basis. Montana’s Regional HazMat Teams are located in Kalispell, Missoula, Great Falls, Helena, Bozeman, and Billings.