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Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit

The Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU) (French: Unité interarmées d'intervention du Canada, UIIC) of the Canadian Armed Forces was created "to provide timely and agile broad-based CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) support to the Government of Canada in order to prevent, control and mitigate CBRN threats to Canada, Canadians, and Canadian interests".[1][4] It is a sub-unit of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM).

Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit
Unité interarmées d'intervention du Canada
Badge of the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit.jpg
Country Canada
TypeSpecial operations force
RoleNational CRBNE Response Team element[1][2]
CANSOFCOM Immediate Reaction Task Force (counter terrorism)[1][3]
Support CAF expeditionary operations[1][3]
Part ofCanadian Special Operations Forces Command
Garrison/HQ8 Wing/CFB Trenton[3]
Nickname(s)JNBCD Coy, CJIRU, UIIC
Motto(s)Nunquam non parati (Latin for "never unprepared")
ColorsTan beret



Subsequent to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the Chief Review Services Report on Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence of the same year, it became evident that the Canadian Forces needed to increase the breadth of its nuclear, biological and chemical defence (NBCD) capabilities. The federal government, under then–Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, allotted $30 million in the December 2001 budget to enhance this capability and create the Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Company (JNBCD Coy). In September 2007, JNBCD Coy was reorganized into CJIRU, a rapid deployment response team due to the company's vast operational capabilities, duties, and responsibilities.

Due to the requirement for rapid deployment of the unit, CJIRU is based alongside airlift assets at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario. The former-JNBCD Coy Headquarters were located at CFB Kingston, Ontario.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit". National Defence and the Canadian Forces. 22 May 2013. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013.
  2. ^ Faulkner, Inspector Ken (May 2014). "RCMP CBRNE Operations, National CBRNE Response Team and the Whole-of-Government Approach to CBRNE Response" (PDF). Queen's University. Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Day, Adam (5 September 2009). "The Dragon Hunters". Legion Magazine. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU)". Government of Canada. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  5. ^ "CFB Kingston: Joint Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defence Company".[permanent dead link]

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