NNSA Concludes Nuclear Security Training with Singapore Emergency Response Teams

Press Release
Jun 2, 2009

NNSA Concludes Nuclear Security Training with Singapore Emergency Response Teams

SINGAPORE– The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it concluded a series of nuclear emergency training sessions involving more than 100 participants from the Singapore government and medical professions.  The emergency training was designed to enhance Singapore's capabilities to respond to any nuclear or radiological incident.  
 
"Sharing NNSA's nuclear emergency response expertise by providing training helps improve the global effort to prevent and respond to nuclear and radiological emergencies," said Joseph Krol, NNSA associate administrator for emergency operations.  "Our recent workshop in Singapore demonstrates our commitment to cooperative efforts to promote global nuclear security and counter international nuclear terrorism."

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, the agency also provides nuclear emergency response support to local law enforcement, DHS, the FBI and emergency responders in other countries.

During a training program in Singapore, NNSA officials provided briefings on its nuclear and radiological emergency response program at the sessions.  The training, which took place from May 26th through 28th included:

  • A radiological search workshop to help improve the ability of local authorities to search for, detect, and identify illicit radiological materials;
  • Fission meter training to train personnel on equipment that identifies and pinpoints nuclear and radiological material in shipping containers; and
  • Radiation medical emergency training to provide medical personnel with procedures to address radiation emergencies and minimize contamination.

NNSA currently collaborates with over 60 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.  Additional information about NNSA's emergency operations is available online.

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 applications of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the 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.

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NNSA Public Affairs (202) 586-7371