LDH will host CBRNE workshop at NSU


NATCHITOCHES – The Louisiana Department of Health will host a free Louisiana Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Working Group (La-CBRNE) workshop on the campus of Northwestern State University Tuesday, July 17-Wednesday, July 18. The workshops will take place primarily in the NSU TV Studio on the first floor of Kyser Hall on the Northwestern State University campus.


The workshop will emphasize state protocols, available assistance from state and federal agencies, FBI national improvised explosives familiarization, clandestine lab models, IED awareness and decontamination.  La-CBRNE Working Group consists of FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Intelligence, LA-SAFE (State Fusion Center), U.S. Postal Inspector Service, Louisiana National Guard CERFP/62d CST (WMD), Louisiana Department of Health EPI, LDH SNS, LDH Office of Public Health State Laboratory, Louisiana State Police HAZMAT, Louisiana State Fire Marshal and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and United States Coast Guard.


Law enforcement, fire departments including volunteer departments, homeland security/emergency preparedness officials, healthcare professional (hospital or EMS) and Fusion Center Liaison Officers are invited.


For more information, contact Ric Moore at GOHSEP/Lao-SAFE (Fusion Center) at (225) 925-3672 or buren.moore@la.gov.


Attendees will receive information on the threat posed by improvised explosives including Victim Operated IED (VOIED) explosives, i.e. letter and package bombs.  Students will see different trigger mechanisms and witness the detonation of a variety of VOIEDs/IEDs, some of which can be mixed using common household chemicals.  This demonstration is designed to underscore the potential danger of VOIEDs and indicators/procedures to deal with them.


Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the workshops will conclude at 5 p.m. on Day 1 and at 4:30 p.m. on Day 2.


Due to high demand for the 60 seats available, early registration is encouraged.  Register at http://gohsep.la.gov/RESOURCES/TRAINING-EVENTS-SCHEDULE.