National Guard Homeland Response Force
The Homeland Response Forces (HRFs) are U.S. National Guard assets with incident response capabilities including Search and Extraction, Decontamination, Emergency Medical, Security, and Command and Control. The HRFs are being established beginning in FY2011 and are replacing and expanding on the National Guard CBRNE Consequence Management Response Forces (CCMRFs). There will be one HRF in each of the 10 FEMA regions in order to best distribute geographic response coverage and coordination with other disaster response organizations.
This new structuring is designed to improve responsiveness and capabilities, and to create balance between state (Governor) and federal (USNORTHCOM) control of assets. Each HRF package will include integrated security forces to provide force protection and assist in managing the large crowds in the vicinity of a decontamination or incident site. The HRF has a robust command and control capability to coordinate response forces including Civil Support Teams (CST) and CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFP).
Each HRF will have approximately 570 army and air national guardsmen, including more than 140 fulltime personnel. Each will be divided into 5 elements: Command and Control-200; Security Team-200, Decontamination Team-75, Search and Extraction Team-50; and Medical Team-45.