The 54th Civil Support Team is the Wisconsin National Guard’s full time response team for emergencies or terrorist events that involve weapons of mass destruction, toxic industrial chemicals or naturaldisasters.
The 54th is able to rapidly deploy, assist local first-responders in determining the nature of an attack and provide medical, communications and technical support and advice. The CST can help pave the way for the identification and arrival of follow-on state and federal response assets. They provide initial advice on what the agent may be, assist first responders in the detection assessment process, and are the first military responders on the ground, so that if additional federal resources are called into the situation, they can serve as an advance party.
The 54th Civil Support Team is primarily a State of Wisconsin asset and is available to any Incident Commander statewide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no advance notice. The 54th CST is available at NO cost and never seeks reimbursement for any expenses or services. The 54th CST can also provide remote phone or internet based reach-back and technical advice without deploying to the incident scene.