Ex PRECISE RESPONSE: Canada, NATO allies and partners perfect their skills against chemical, biological and radiological agents

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July 8, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) will host Exercise PRECISE RESPONSE at Canadian Forces Base Suffield, in southeast Alberta, from July 11 to 29. The NATO exercise is part of ongoing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence training and will include participation from 11 countries.

Dealing with CBRN events, responding to a crisis in a NATO area of responsibility, or deploying to the site of a suspected terrorist attack are some of the potential threats that participants must be ready to face. Training opportunities offered during Exercise PRECISE RESPONSE will provide them with knowledge and expertise. Among the over 350 participants will be 15 Canadian soldiers from 2nd Canadian Division, forming one command and control team, as well as two CBRN teams, and one Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

With Exercise PRECISE RESPONSE 2016, Canada continues to honour commitments made at the 2002 NATO Summit in Prague, providing our NATO allies a safe and secure site for CBRN training.  Building on the experience gained through prior NATO exercises, Exercise PRECISE RESPONSE has participants facing biological, chemical, and radiological emergency situations using live agents in a controlled environment.  

Quick Facts

  • This year marks the 13th edition of this exercise. Over the years, Exercise PRECISE RESPONSE has hosted approximately 3,500 CBRN specialists from allied and partner countries.
  • DRDC is an agency of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND). It provides DND, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and other government departments, as well as public safety and national security communities, with the knowledge and technological advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad.
  • DRDC Suffield Research Centre is co-located with Canadian Forces Base Suffield, in Suffield, Alberta, approximately 45 km west of Medicine Hat. The base was established in 1941 as a joint Canada/UK experimental station for chemical and biological research. In addition to DRDC, the base is home to members of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as to members of the British Army Training Unit Suffield, also known as BATUS.

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