4 gallons liquid detergent, 25 5-gallon cans of DS2, and 10 50-pound drums
of STB. See Appendix D.
The chemical platoon is usually resupplied through its parent company.
However, command assignment relationships can change the resupply channels.
For instance, chemical platoons attached to divisional engineers might be
resupplied through the divisional engineer battalion instead of their parent
Set up the decontamination site near a good water source such as a public
water system (fire hydrant), river, or large pond. Stations should be 30 to
50 meters apart.
A minimum of two decontamination squads are required to
set up and run Detailed Equipment Decontamination.
applying decontaminants, and rinsing must wear TAP aprons or wet weather
gear to protect their overgarments.
While in the staging area, before
entering the decontamination site, prepare vehicles and equipment for
decontamination. Remove exterior-mounted supplies and equipment susceptible
Some hazards may remain from contamination that penetrates cracks, crevices,
and equipment assemblies or that was absorbed into surfaces.
operate equipment in reduced MOPP levels, but long-term exposure to low
agent concentrations can pose risks. Conduct periodic detection checks for
several hours after decontamination.
This ensures contamination vapors
desorbing out of equipment surfaces do not concentrate above negligible risk
levels that could harm crews.
Crews should wear gloves to handle
decontaminated equipment to prevent direct contact with desorbing agent.
Mechanics may have to work in full MOPP while repairing decontaminated
equipment; high concentrations of agent may have leaked into assemblies.
Radiological contamination does not penetrate surfaces as readily as
chemical and some biological agents, so it is more easily removed. Thorough
Decontamination removes but does not destroy radiological contamination from
personnel and equipment; runoff must be carefully controlled.
shows a recapitulation of the personnel and equipment required for Detailed
The paragraphs on pages 4-20 through 4-24
provide information on the five stations used during Detailed Equipment