CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – New equipment for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Platoon Army Support Command (ASCOM) of the Philippine Army were formally handed over to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) today (September 17) by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in a ceremony at 9 a.m. at the General Headquarters Canopy, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo.
Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina, Deputy Chief of Staff AFP, received the 501 pieces of CBRN Response Equipment donated by DTRA to AFP. The equipment arrived in the Philippines last September 6.
Obtaining the new equipment is part of the AFP’s efforts of realizing provisions of the AFP CBRN Capability Development Roadmap 2028 which is in line with the AFP Transformation Roadmap.
The CBRN Response Equipment from DTRA includes individual personal protective equipment (like several pieces of protective suits, gloves and boots), self-contained breathing apparatus, decontamination items (like flexible waste water tank and various types of water hoses), consumable support items, reusable support items (like toolbox and bolt cutter), technical/training reference materials, power supply facilities, team communications items and other materials.
The donated CBRN Response Equipment will be used by the CBRN Platoon, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion (EOD Bn), ASCOM, PA for their on-going training at Fort Andres Bonifacio, Metro Manila and future deployment that will require CBRN capabilities.
Around 35 members of the CBRN Platoon, EOD Bn, ASCOM, PA are undergoing refresher trainings at the Basic First Responder Course with CBRN Module in Fort Bonifacio. The training started September 16 and will end on September 19.
The CBRN Platoon is undergoing the refresher training to ensure that they have retained their knowledge of previous trainings they received in Aberdeen, Maryland with the United States Armed Forces last August.