A new partnership between the Michigan State Police and the National Guard has the state better prepared to handle weapons of mass destruction.
The National Guard's 51st Civil Support Team is trained to detect chemical, biological and nuclear materials in hazardous situations, and the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad is trained to dismantle bombs.
Now the two groups are coordinating their skills to improve their response efforts during emergencies. The National Guard unit will search for hazardous materials and clear the area before the bomb squad will attempt to dismantle the weapon.
The Michigan State Police have also added 6 new trucks to their Bomb Squad unit. They say the trucks, which are three times the size of their former vehicles will reduce their response time and increase their safety.