Firehouse Friday Chat – with Jack & Mack

Jack & Mack

Jack & Mack NOV 6th 2020

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 Jack – His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like Jockey shorts in a dryer without a bounce sheet! His hair glistens in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

Meet Mack – He has a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up. He walks like a centipede with 98 limps. His mustache has become this weird iconic representation of a certain era.

Jack: “ Hey Mack, Did you vote? They’ve just finished counting in Florida….turns out Al Gore has won! Mack, my friend, what do you call one of your soldiers who survived mustard gas & pepper spray?

Mack: “No idea?
Jack: “A seasoned veteran! By the way, how many CBRN recruits does it take to change a lightbulb? None, because it’s a second-year course.

I’m on a roll – Did you hear that Army just bought twenty new septic tanks? CBRN commander says as soon as they learn to drive them, they’re gonna invade Annapolis.

How many CBRN officers does it take to change a tire. Just one, but they get four hours credit and it counts as a lab science!

What’s the difference between a CBRN expert and a catfish?

One’s a slimy, smelly, scum sucking bottom feeder, and the other’s just a fish.

Mack: What are the best four years of a CBRN soldiers life?
 Jack: “Tell me!”
Mack: “Third grade of course!”
Jack: “Doh”

Our question this week is CBRN related. Jenny B. from KS, asks Mack: “What exactly is JTF-CS and what’s their remit?

Mack: “Thanks for the question. Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) is a standing joint task force and subordinate command of U.S. Army North (USARNORTH). It is charged with providing command and control of Department of Defense forces deployed to support a Primary Agency (PA) managing the consequences of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive (CBRN) incident in the United States and its territories and possessions.

When directed, JTF-CS will deploy to an incident site, establish command and control of Department of Defense forces, and provide military assistance and support to civil authorities by saving lives, preventing further injury and providing temporary critical support to enable community recovery. Deployment of JTF-CS, at the direction of the Commander of U.S. Army North and U.S. Northern Command, and on the authority of the Secretary of Defense, would occur only after a Governor requests federal assistance from the President, and after the President issues a Presidential Disaster Declaration. JTF-CS was established in October 1999 and is located at Fort Eustis, Newport News, Va.

As a partner in the Federal Response Framework, Department of Defense (DOD) has provided assistance and support to state and local authorities managing responses to natural disasters. However, the forces, equipment, and experience required to effectively respond to a CBRN incident are very different from those needed to respond to natural disasters. JTF-CS was established to develop the expertise and maintain the focus on the mission of providing command and control to domestic CBRN CBRN response missions.

In coordination with other federal, state, and local agencies, JTF-CS is continuously preparing to respond to a broad spectrum of terrorist attacks – chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive – anywhere in the United States. We gain and maintain situational awareness in coordination with military commands and civilian agencies throughout the U.S. We study city response plans (not a Feasibility Study) so that we can clearly understand the local response capabilities. We study state response plans (not a Feasibility Study) to understand the state’s ability to supplement an affected area. In this manner we identify capabilities the Department of Defense may be asked to provide and we plan our response accordingly. We develop detailed force requirements for a variety of likely CBRN response contingencies. These requirements include communications and transportation assets, as well as service support, engineers, medical, aviation and specialty units. To further unity of effort among the variety of agencies that may potentially be involved in providing support to a CBRN incident, JTF-CS directly coordinates with a wide array of federal, state, local, and military organizations to conduct training and planning.