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Release No: 084-97
April 24, 1997

Marine Corps Chemical-Biological Incident Response Force

The Marine Corps' Chemical-Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF), based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., will conduct a demonstration of its unique capabilities in the Washington, D.C. area on April 30, 1997. The demonstration will take place adjacent to the Rayburn House Office Building starting at 12 p.m. (EDT).

Following a brief by Lt. Col. A. J. Corbett, the unit's commanding officer, the CBIRF will demonstrate its ability to effect consequence management following the simulated detonation of a chemical-biological terrorist device. Afterwards, there will be a display of equipment and an opportunity to speak with CBIRF personnel. The CBIRF consists of specially trained personnel and specialized equipment suited for operations in a wide range of contingencies. Through detection, decontamination and emergency medical services, the CBIRF capabilities are intended to minimize the effects of a chemical or biological incident.

Reporters interested in attending the demonstration should contact Capt. Sean Gibson at 703-614-4309/6251.

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