Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Company

Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Company

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit

dates= 2005 - Present
country= Canada
branch= Personnel come from all branches
type= Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Defence
role= NBCD, in support of National Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response Team
size= Company
command_structure= Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM)
garrison= 8 Wing/CFB Trenton
nickname= CJIRU
colors= Tan Beret

The Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit of the Canadian Forces was created to provide "an enhanced and deployable nuclear, biological and chemical defence response team (NBCRT) for support to the Canadian Forces and the government of Canada." [cite web|url=|title="CANSOFCOM: Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit"]


Subsequent to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the Chief Review Services Report on Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence of the same year, it became evident that the Canadian Forces needed to increase the breadth of its NBCD capabilities. The federal government, under then-Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, allotted $30 million in the December 2001 budget to enhance this capability and creating the Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Company (JNBC Coy) which later was re-christened as the CJIRU.

Due to the requirement for rapid deployment of the unit, CJIRU continues to be based with airlift assets at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario.

External links

* [ DND/CF Backgrounder: Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence (JNBCD) Company]


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