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ECBC Delivers Mobile Labs to DRDC, Celebrates with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Date:1/11/2010

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders and members of the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), the premier national resource for chemical and biological defense, gathered with colleagues from the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Suffield -- a major Canadian military research facility dedicated to defense against chemical and biological agents -- to celebrate the delivery of two mobile laboratories during a ribbon cutting ceremony held Dec. 10 in Canada's Alberta province.

The two laboratories, one all-hazards triage facility and one mobile chemical lab, traveled from ECBC in Maryland to the DRDC in Suffield, Canada for the ceremony and provided the Canadian defense community with its first triage facility for all-hazards materials.

"The project began as a proof-of-concept, with the intent to create an all-hazards triage facility as well as a truly mobile chemical lab for on-the-spot analysis," said George Noya, ECBC Mobile Labs and Kits Team leader. "The mobile lab was envisioned to be a deployable military asset that could support high-profile events across Canada."

The DRDC first recognized a need to support the Canadian military's ability to perform on-site chemical warfare agent identification in October 2005. Historically, the country's method for triaging samples suspected of containing chemical warfare agents dictated that only definitive samples were to be shipped across the country to certified personnel within accredited laboratories. This method did not include samples of unknown composition, produced great delays and often caused a breakdown in final decision-making and mission outcomes.

The following year, the Canadian Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Research and Technology Initiative funded the DRDC Suffield to develop a prototype facility to fulfill the country's need to safely and effectively receive and
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