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Download full resolution image Lt. Col. Matthew Cooper, Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch Chief, provides an overview of the rubble pile for members of the Homeland Response Force

Rubble Pile Ready for Disaster Training

NEW YORK STATE PREPAREDNESS TRAINING CENTER, ORISKANY, N.Y. " New York National Guard Lt. Col. Matthew Cooper, Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch Chief, provides an overview of the rubble pile for members of the Homeland Response Force exercise control group here May 14. The National Guard Homeland Response Force for FEMA Region II deploys here today and will validate its ability to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear incidents using this rubble pile as a training site later this week. More than 700 members of the force will train at the Oriskany site or at the New York National Guard Armory in Utica, N.Y.

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