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TABLE 2-1 Current Capabilities for Responding to Chemical and Biological Incidents

 

Local First Responders

 

Initial Treatment Facilities

 

State

 

Federal

 

Capability

Chemical

Biological

Chemical

Biological

Chemical

Biological

Chemical

Biological

Preincident intelligence

C

C

C

C

B

B

A

A

Detection, identification, and quantification of agents in the environment

B

C

C

C

B

B

A

B

Personal protective equipment

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

Safe and effective patient extraction

C

B

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

C

B

Methods for recognizing symptoms and signs in patients

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

Detection and measurement of agent exposure in clinical samples

C

C

B

C

B

B

A

A

Methods for recognizing covert exposure in populations

N/A

N/A

B

B

B

B

B

B

Mass-casualty triage techniques and procedures

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

Methods/procedures for decontamination of exposed individuals

B

B

C

C

C

C

B

B

Availability, safety, and efficacy of drugs and other therapies

C

C

B

B

B

B

B

B

Prevention, assessment, and treatment of psychological effects

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

NOTE: A = highly capable; B = some capability; C = little or no capability; and N/A = not applicable.



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