National Guard Conducts Exercise in Jewel Cave

Jewel Cave National Monument

Photo by Jllm06/Wikipedia

Last Thursday January 19th, the South Dakota National Guard‘s 82nd Civil Support Team, together with park staff conducted a emergency response exercise/mock cave rescue at Jewel Cave National Monument.

The plot of the exercise was that a park employee discovered a potentially radioactive container inside the cave, and the 82nd Civil Support Team were notified.

Based at nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base, the 82nd CST is one of 57 such teams across the United States who are trained to respond to chemical, biological, or radiological threats.

A team of 14 personnel arrived at the cave and were soon able to identify the material in a trashcan. The training then began its next phase when one of the team members feigned suffering a broken leg and required rescuing. Assisted by park staff, the “injured” man was successfully extracted from the cave.

Some photos of the exercise are available on the South Dakota National Guard gallery on flickr.

National Guard conducts rescue exercise in Jewel Cave [Rapid City Journal] & A mission underground [Black Hills Pioneer]

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