Detailed procedures are found in Battle
Damage Assessment Repair (BDAR), TM 9-
NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, AND CHEMICAL
(NBC) DECONTAMINATION PROCEDURES
Detailed decon procedures
can be found in FM 3-87.
Refer to TM 3-4320-214-
12&P for operation of the
M 13 Decontaminating Appar-
The following emergency procedures can be
performed until NBC DECON facilities are
available. Vehicle commander will supervise,
assign crew duties, and assist supporting
If NBC attack is known or suspected, mask at
once and continue mission. If inside, do not
leave vehicle. If outside, follow decon pro-
cedures below to avoid taking contamination
into the vehicle. Do not unmask until told to
Brush fallout from skin, clothing, and
equipment with available brushes, rags,
and tree branches. Wash skin and have
radiation check made as soon as tactical
situation permits. [You can find instruc-
tions for the check in FM 3-5).
The vehicle crew has no method to
detect or decon biological agents. Re-
main masked and continue mission until
told to unmask.
CHEMICAL DETECTION AND
Do not use decontamination
spray on personnel. It could
cause personal injury.
Use M8 paper from M256 chemical agent
detector kit or M9 paper to determine if liquid
agent is present on vehicle surface.
If exposure to liquid agent is known or
suspected, clean exposed skin, clothing, and
personal gear, in that order, using M258A1
kit. Use the buddy system. Wash exposed
skin and thoroughly decontaminate as soon
as tactical situation permits.
If M8 or M9 paper indicates that liquid
chemical agent is present on vehicle surface
use ABC-M 11 decon apparatus for partial
decon of vehicle. Use loaders hatch for
exit/entry. Avoid getting liquid agent into
crew compartment. Spray only surfaces that
will be touched getting in and out of vehicle.
Decon procedures take time. Do as much as
you can based on the tactical situation.
If M578 recovery vehicle shows signs of bat-
tle damage, refer to TM 9-2350-274-BD.
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