CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives)
UCRT officers specialize in the analysis, identification and mitigation of a variety of Chemical agents, using highly sensitive and specialized equipment. Members are also trained as Technicians in Hazardous Materials response.
UCRT officers are trained to recognize and identify the signs and symptoms of exposure to numerous Biological Agents including Anthrax, Ricin, Brucella, Botulism, E.Coli, Tularemia, Salmonella, Small pox and Plaque. Training in this area includes the use of highly specialized equipment designed for the detection and neutralization of these agents.
Radiological and Nuclear
UCRT officers are trained in the use of specialized equipment for the detection and identification of various radioactive isotopes. Several members are qualified Radiation Safety Officers and have trained with our Nuclear partners from the Nuclear Power Generating Stations and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
Police Explosives Technicians (PET)
Select UCRT members are also trained as Police
Explosives Technicians (PET). They respond to conventional explosive
incidents, but specialize in CBRN explosive device response and
mitigation.Units that respond to CBRN and Explosives incidents are now
commonly referred to as CBRNE Teams.
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) can be built into just about anything. briefcase, backpack, telephone, coffee cup, even envelopes (eg. Letter bombs). These devices typically use conventional explosives to kill or injure their target(s) via blast, fragmentation, shrapnel, and heat. When the "bomber" decides to incorporate a chemical, biological or radiological agent into an IED, it becomes an explosive CBRN dispersal device. UCRT EDU Technicians employ a wide variety of specialized equipment in order to deal with these types of devices. As IEDs and the bomber's methods change, so must the equipment and training required to successfully deal with them. UCRT EDU trains with other CBRNE units on a regular basis, including "live-agent" scenarios (as the term implies, real chemical, biological and radiological agents are used in the IEDs) held at the Counter-Terrorism Training Centre in Suffield, Alberta.