Firehouse Friday Chat – with Jack & Mack

Jack & Mack

Each week Jack & Mack will answer your questions on any Hazmat and CBRNe matter. On Firehouse Friday they’ll meet to discuss an important topic in their own indomitable style! 

Meet Mack – His Tinder profile (written by Jack) reads as follows. “Married with Triplets on the way. I’m a rebel, I wash my lights with my darks. I can start a fire with two sticks and a box of matches. I could move out of my parents basement for the right woman.” 

Jack – Married for 30 years. His is a football marriage, they keep waiting for the other one to kick off. Every time he talks to his wife, it’s recorded for training purposes.

Mack: “Hey Jack, there was a fire at the Sketchers factory in our town last week. Firefighters recovered just the bottom of one shoe….It was the sole survivor.”

Jack: “I don’t know why you even bother trying to tell a gag Mack?  But, here’s a true story. 

A Hazmat Tech, a CBRNe officer, and a Paramedic are trying to get into heaven…

St. Peter greets them and tells them regardless of their heroic acts, they’ll need to be able to count to ten to get into heaven.

The CBRNe officer goes first. He hauls out his Beretta and counts the shots, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7… Let me try again!” So he reloads, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7… Nope, I only got 7 shots.”

So the Paramedic steps up, “I can do this.” He gets into a CPR position, “1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 5… 1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 5… Nope, CPR only goes in rounds of five.”

The Hazmat tech reluctantly goes next… “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10”

“That’s amazing!” St. Peter declares, “You’re the first all week. Can you count any higher?”

“Sure, 10, jack, queen, king!”

Last week we had an interesting Hazmat discussion. This week it’s CBRNe. The weeks question is from Annie B from Savannah, Georgia. “Gentlemen, how do CBRN IPB efforts support the force?”

Jack: “That’s one for you Mack- I know what IPA is but IPB??”

Mack: “ Despite what he says about my intelligence….I do know something about this. Okay, pull up a sandbag!  

CBRNe is highly multi-dimensional. CBRNe takes place in all five domains: maritime, air, land, space, and cyber. These domains define the requirements to carry out joint operations, not just with friendly nations but as part of the military aid to civilian powers. An inability to effectively deliver information rapidly across these five domains and integrate among partner forces or agencies whether military or civilian, hampers response and effectiveness. An out of the box,  multi-dimensional approach is a critical requirement for a systematic, objective and timely effective response to a CBRNe incident.

Once the initial IPB is completed (remember IPB is a continuous process), the information gathered drives: 

  • Vulnerability analysis.
  • Automatic masking criteria.
  • NBC threat status (FM 3-4, STANAG 2984).
  • MOPP analysis.
  • CBRNe protective measures.

The commander’s advisor on CBRNe defensive operations, can provide a valid recommendation based on a logical thought process. Once suspected strikes are templated, decontamination sites can be established to best support the force should it become contaminated. Stand-off detection, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets can be positioned to overwatch NBC NAIs or task organized to support a maneuver element, while smoke can be employed to counter the threat’s capabilities.

IPB allows commanders and staffs to take a holistic approach to analyzing the operational environment (OE)

Commanders and staff receive effective intelligence when they direct and participate in intelligence war-fighting function activities.

Interaction is essential, as the entire staff supports unit planning and preparation through the integrating processes and continuing activities.

Provides SME in determining the locations of CBRN assets, production, and storage facilities; the availability of precursor chemicals and materials; and the potential areas of CBRN employment. 

Threat doctrine such the use of obscurants, likely triggers for its employment, and types of obscurant. Doctrinal principles of CBRNe IPB are to:

  • Evaluate the battlespace effects on friendly and enemy CBRNe operations through sensor data and other INT assets. 
  • Determine the enemy’s possible Courses of Action’s (COAs) and arrange them digitally in the order that the enemy will do them.
  • Identify key enemy CBRNe assets (High Value Targets (HVTs)) for each enemy COA and where they will appear on the battlefield (Target Area of Interest (TAIs)).
  • Identify the CBRNe activities, or lack of activities, and where they will occur on the battlefield.  These activities will assist in identifying which COA the enemy adopts.

In summary, CBRNe IPB, Identifies facts and assumptions about the CBRNe battlefield environment and enemy CBRNe capability and resources. It provides direction for intelligence that supports the Commander’s chosen COA. Finally, it contributes to complete staff synchronization and Co-ordinated effort.

Thanks for the question!