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RAF Regiment personnel continue to assist Police in Salisbury

Twenty-two Royal Air Force personnel from the RAF Regiment continue to be deployed in support of the Police investigation in Salisbury.

The personnel drawn from 20 (Defence Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Wing RAF Regiment and 27 Squadron RAF Regt all based at RAF Honington, Suffolk.

They are providing specialist support to the civilian emergency services, and support to the army operations to remove vehicles. 

“As members of 20 Wing, RAF Regiment, my team and I specialise in dealing with CBRN hazards. We are intensively trained and well equipped to tackle this type of problem, in this case, in support of the Civil Police." 

Cpl Jules Plowman

The Metropolitan Police who are leading the investigation requested assistance from the military to remove a number of vehicles and objects from several areas for inspection and investigation.

“Although a hazardous role, it’s extremely rewarding to know that we are making such critical contributions to protecting the British public and assisting our civil emergency service colleagues.” 

Cpl Jules Plowman

The RAF personnel have been carrying out personnel decontamination in support of the civil emergency services and also conducting additional training for the ambulance service.

All personnel from 20 Wg and 27 Sqn are specialist Counter-CBRN operators that routinely train to support the emergency services within the UK in response to CBRN incidents.  They also have a global role to provide CBRN reconnaissance, sampling and initial identification of agents: biological warfare surveillance and operational decontamination in support of UK Defence.

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