WASHINGTON, D.C. – Participants from five countries took part in a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) International Training Course on Consequence Management (I-CM) last week in Denmark. The training was hosted by the Danish Emergency Management Agency.
“The training was part of NNSA’s broader effort to build and enhance nuclear emergency management systems worldwide,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “The international course provided commonly accepted methods in addition to lessons learned by NNSA responders in Japan during the Fukushima incident.”
The four day I-CM training was attended by 21 participants from Denmark, Sweden, Poland, France and Lithuania.
The course was primarily intended for staff personnel working with radiation emergency response. The aim was to provide attendees with information and data on means and methods for setting up and establishing a monitoring and assessment program following a nuclear/radiological event. The course was conducted in two parts: a first part that focused on monitoring and sampling, and a second part that focused on dose assessment. Participants received hands-on equipment training in techniques for monitoring as well as instruction in data collection and analysis.
The training was 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.
NNSA’s primary mission is to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without underground nuclear testing. Because of this expertise, NNSA also provides nuclear emergency response support to local law enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and emergency responders in other countries.
NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations currently collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations with projects ranging 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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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.