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Vandenberg's decontamination team gets training, exceeds expectations

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Three members of the 30th Medical Group set up a hot water pump during a timed trial to complete the In Place Patient Decontamination training at the clinic here Thursday, June 16, 2011. The training is designed to prepare Airmen to provide care during a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear catastrophe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Three members of the 30th Medical Group set up a hot water pump during a timed trial to complete the In Place Patient Decontamination training at the clinic here Thursday, June 16, 2011. The training is designed to prepare Airmen to provide care during a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear catastrophe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Members of the 30th Medical Group provide medical care during an In Place Patient Decontamination training course at the clinic here Thursday, June 16, 2011. The IPPD training, conducted by DECON, LLC, taught Airmen how to care for patients in hazardous situations while constructing a decontamination facility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Members of the 30th Medical Group provide medical care during an In Place Patient Decontamination training course at the clinic here Thursday, June 16, 2011. The IPPD training, conducted by DECON, LLC, taught Airmen how to care for patients in hazardous situations while constructing a decontamination facility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Airmen conduct decontamination procedures during an In Place Patient Decontamination training at the 30th Medical Group clinic here Thursday, June 16, 2011. The training is designed to prepare Airmen to provide care during a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear catastrophe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Airmen conduct decontamination procedures during an In Place Patient Decontamination training at the 30th Medical Group clinic here Thursday, June 16, 2011. The training is designed to prepare Airmen to provide care during a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear catastrophe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Tom Bocek, a DECON, LLC, training manager, uses M-9 chemical detection paper to identify the contamination level of a simulated victim of a chemical attack at the 30th Medical Group clinic here Thursday, June 16, 2011. Members of the 30th Medical Group race the clock during an In Place Patient Decontamination training skills test conducted by Mr. Bocek. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Tom Bocek, a DECON, LLC, training manager, uses M-9 chemical detection paper to identify the contamination level of a simulated victim of a chemical attack at the 30th Medical Group clinic here Thursday, June 16, 2011. Members of the 30th Medical Group race the clock during an In Place Patient Decontamination training skills test conducted by Mr. Bocek. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

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.