The largest edition of the annual Exercise PRECISE RESPONSE (EX PR17), a NATO exercise aimed at countering chemical, biological and radiological agents, is currently being held at CFB Suffield.
Now in its 14th year, the exercise will bring together nearly 420 CBRN specialists representing 11 NATO Allies and partners nations including: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and Austria.
EX PR17 provides specialists with the knowledge and expertise to respond to real life chemical, biological and radiological agents quickly and effectively.
Since its inception, EX PR has hosted approximately 3,500 CBRN specialists from allied and partner countries.
A Canadian Armed Forces/Department of National Defence press release stated, “In today’s uncertain security environment, dealing with CBRN events, responding to a crisis alongside NATO Allies and partners, or deploying to the site of a suspected terrorist attack are some of the potential situations that specialists must be ready to face. EX PR17 provides participants with the capabilities and skills they will need to succeed.”
Canada will take part in this exercise by contributing 25 soldiers from the 2nd Canadian Division, and one officer from 12e Régiment Blindé du Canada, who will plan and execute the Canadian Army contribution by providing various Command and Control capacities and forming one decontamination element.
The exercise is being hosted by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), an Agency of DND, began July 10 and will run until July 28.
DRDC Suffield Research Centre is part of CFB Suffield, which was established in 1941 as a joint Canada and UK experimental station for chemical and biological research.