Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU)

Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit

About the unit

The Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU) is an integral component of CANSOFCOM. It provides a rapid chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) response for special operations missions.

Our responsibilities

Although decontamination is among CJIRU’s capabilities, we focus first and foremost on detecting, identifying and mitigating CBRN risks.

In Canada, we respond in cooperation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) during CBRN operations.

Our international deployments are usually short and often occur with little or no warning. In the event of emergency incidents, other Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) teams use our specialized response capability abroad.

Our expertise

We are a high-readiness response unit, not a training organization.

Our unit’s operational speed is often fast or more demanding than other CAF specialties. That is why we use specialized methods and techniques as well as ultra-technical equipment.

Our members must therefore devote a large part of their time to training and education.

History

Following the tragedy of 9/11, the Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Company (JNBCD Coy) was assigned a new unit equipped with an immediate response capability in the event of CBRN incidents. In 2006, that unit joined CANSOFCOM, and in 2007, was renamed to the CJIRU.

Join our unit

CJIRU will continue to accept Notice of Intent Forms (NOIs) and applications from Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members during COVID-19 for both Chemical Biological Nuclear and Radiological Operator applicants, and Specialists/Supporters.

There is no direct entry plan for civilians entering CJIRU at this time. If you are interested in joining the CAF, please contact your local recruiting centre.

Currently NOIs are submitted via DWAN only. If you are experiencing challenges submitting an NOI or completing your application, please contact us via email at CJIRU_Recruiting@forces.gc.ca

Amended Canadian Forces Generated (CANFORGEN) messages with updates are pending publication and will be accessible through the CAF application (app) for smartphones.  See below the most up-to-date information:

Chemical Biological Nuclear Radiological Operator (CBRN OP) - Regular Force Non-Commissioned Members (Reg F NCM):

  • Completed applications are due to Base/Wing Personnel Selection Officers no later than 2 November 2020.

Chemical Biological Nuclear Radiological Operator – Officer (CBRN OP Officer):

  • The advertisement is pending publication. Upon release of the CANFORGEN, members interested in applying should verify their eligibility criteria and submit their NOI.
  • Completed applications are to be submitted directly to the CJIRU Recruiting & Selection Cell no later than 2 November 2020.

Chemical Biological Nuclear Radiological Operator - Primary Reserve (PRes):

  • The advertisement is pending publication. Upon release of the CANFORGEN, members interested in applying should verify their eligibility criteria and submit their NOI.
  • Eligible members are required to initiate their Component Transfer (CT) by 2 November 2020 at the latest. Should a member already have a CT initiated, please update the choices to include 00357 CBRN OP.
  • Completed applications are due directly to the CJIRU Recruiting & Selection Cell no later than 2 November 2020.

Supporter/Specialist Employment:

  • CJIRU only accepts NOIs and applications for positions as advertised on the CANSOFCOM DWAN website.

Contact information

Public Affairs
Email: CANSOFCOMPA@forces.gc.ca

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