The Army National Guard’s Civil Support Teams have deployed Communications-Applied Technology’s Incident Commanders Radio Interface (ICRI) to communicate with first-responder agencies.

The ICRI, a cigar box-sized device, typically takes less than five minutes to configure and allows commercial and military land mobile radios, VoIP equipment, satellite phones, cell phones, land-line phones and hybrid cellular/walkie-talkie phones to communicate.

The Civil Support Teams--of which there are currently 32 nationwide--are trained and equipped to respond to weapons of mass destruction, and to test disaster sites for deadly chemical, biological, radiological or explosive agents.