Utah Receives Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team
Funding for 12 specialized teams was provided for in association with the Fiscal Year 2004 Defense Appropriations bill which passed the Congress last fall. Several states were in competition to be selected for one of the 12 teams, each of which is comprised of 22 team members complete with specialized skills, training and equipment to assist local first-responders in the event of WMD attacks. Utah was selected as one of the 12 additional team locations in a DOD announcement today.
Congressman Bishop commented, "I am pleased that Utah has been given one of these highly-sought after specialized teams which will be available to help our local law enforcement agencies respond in the future to any terrorist attacks or threats in the Intermountain Region."
"I know that the Utah National Guard will undertake this new mission with the highest level of competence and honor."
"Aside from the additional military jobs and resources the WMD team will provide to the state, it will also provide critical emergency response capability for local governments in an ever-changing and complex threat environment. It makes a tremendous amount of sense for the Department of Defense to locate a WMD team in Utah because of our geographic location in the Intermountain Region as well as the presence of chemical munitions and biological agents stored on Army installations in Utah."
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