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NNSA Training Attracts 27 Countries

on May 22, 2012 - 11:15am

NNSA News:

Members from the NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations and the Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) from the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) continue to conduct consequence management training around the globe. Most recently the RSL and NNSA team conducted training for the international community with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. Courtesy/NNSA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that the NNSA Office of Emergency Operations is conducting an International Consequence Management (I-CM) training course this week for the international community in Vienna, Austria.

The I-CM training course will provide attendees with information and data on means and methods for setting up and establishing a monitoring and assessment program following a nuclear/radiological incident or event. The training course will also include hands on equipment training in techniques for monitoring and data collection and analysis.

Hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency and following a course that was conducted in Vienna last fall, NNSA is providing the training to 33 participants from 27 countries.

“This training is part of NNSA’s broader effort to build and enhance nuclear emergency management systems worldwide,” said Joseph Krol, NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations. “This international course provides commonly accepted methods and lessons learned by NNSA responders in Japan during the Fukushima incident.”

Krol opened the session yesterday providing information on NNSA Emergency Operations capabilities and NNSA’s response to the Fukushima incident last year.

The training is provided by personnel from NNSA and the Remote Sensing Lab (RSL), managed by National Security Technologies at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The RSL is a national leader in radiological emergency response, nuclear and radiological detection, and related technology and electronics development.

With more than 60 years of expertise in handling, securing and detecting nuclear material, NNSA is uniquely equipped to share expertise and collaborate with foreign counterparts on these global security issues. NNSA collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations around the world. Projects range from providing assistance to foreign governments in improving their emergency preparedness and response programs, to joint collaborative activities to improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.


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