Vandenberg's decontamination team gets training, exceeds expectations
By 2nd Lt. Austin Fallin, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 23, 2011
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members of Vandenberg's 30th Medical Group received In Place Patient Decontamination training here June 16.
The purpose of the training was to prepare the IPPD team to respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear catastrophes. The team is responsible for decontaminating individuals who require medical attention before being able to enter the 30th MDG clinic.
IPPD provided in-depth training that covered everything from handling hazardous chemicals to constructing a decontamination facility, which must be mission capable within 15 minutes, and fully functional in 20 minutes, of an emergency notification.
DECON, LLC, was the contracted company that provided the training at the 30th MDG. Mr. Tom Bocek, DECON training manager, was the on-site instructor for the group.
"This has been a Cadillac course," Mr. Bocek said to the team. "Not only were you taking care of your equipment, you were taking care of your people."
The team accomplished the day's required tasks in just over 14 minutes, which was well within the 20-minute time limit.
The IPPD team is one of nine Air Force catastrophe-response teams designed to handle the various challenges a CBRN environment would present.