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Speedway Hosts Counterterrorism/WMD Response Convention

Many cutting-edge CBRN response technologies were on display throughout the Pagoda Pavilion.

More than 350 people were at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week to learn more about how agencies across the world are responding to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks.

Trade magazine CBRNe World organized the event. As part of the conference, the Indiana branch of the FBI conducted a cross-agency Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) awareness and training seminar.

FBI Special Agent Bruce Guider says he’s encouraged by the collaboration.

“The value-added aspect of that is that we can also gain knowledge from other countries and how they’re combatting WMD, and how they’re preparing for that. So we can learn from each other’s experience,” Guider says.

CBRNe World editor Gwyn Winfield says collaboration is especially important when planning for large-scale events such as the annual Indianapolis 500.

“What we’ve been seeing over the past few days is how well the various response organizations, whether from Speedway or from Indianapolis, learn to work together to handle these kinds of events,” Winfield says.

There were 18 different countries represented at the conference, which concluded Wednesday, November 8.

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