Detailed alert, control, and evacuation procedures must be established in order to prepare for emergencies and natural disasters. Emergency response experts, such as the Chemical Specialist, devise emergency preparations and procedures for all kinds of crises, including flooding, fires, storms, biological warfare, or enemy attacks. Chemical specialists are mainly responsible for performing, managing, or supervising the use of radioactive, biological, and chemical detection and decontamination devices.
Chemical specialists' daily responsibility includes assisting the establishment and application of defense measures and providing training advice and supervision regarding the proper use and maintenance procedures for chemical equipment and chemical operations. They are in charge of operating and performing operator maintenance on smoke generating equipment and decontamination equipment. They also assist in preparing and maintaining disaster operations plans.
Employment training for chemical specialists consists of practical training, where you'll master basic soldiering skills and intensive individual training. According to the U.S. Army, chemical specialists can also be a member of Special Forces or Army Ranger teams. New hires learn which equipment defends against such elements, how detection materials operate, and what to do in the event of a toxic, biological, radiological or nuclear threat. Over the process of preparation, military members also receive the Hazardous Substance Credential.