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NNSA Assists Mexican Government During Pan Am Games

November 01, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security
Administration (NNSA) today announced that the NNSA Office of Emergency
Operations provided assistance to the Mexican government in
nuclear/radiological detection and adjudication during the recently concluded
PanAmerican (PanAm) games. 

 The Office of Emergency Operations provided training
and equipment to various Government of Mexico organizations responsible for
nuclear/radiological emergency response, security and access control for the
PanAm Games. 

 “Our strong relationship between the NNSA and the
Mexican government was critical to ensuring the safety of the fans, athletes,
and dignitaries at the PanAm games and I commend the work provided by the NNSA team,”
said Joseph Krol, NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations. “NNSA’s
comprehensive approach to nuclear/radiological detection and adjudication
leverages the decades of experience we have at NNSA.”

 The training included International Radiological
Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response (I-RAPTER) and International
Radiation Medical Training (I-MED). The I-RAPTER training was provided to
approximately 50 nuclear/radiological emergency responders and the I-MED
training will be provided to approximately 100 medical professionals including
doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and EMT personnel.

 The Office of Emergency Operations program also provided
support to the National Commission for Nuclear Safety and Safeguards (CNSNS)
including voice, video and data and GIS equipment for their Emergency Center
and loaned CNSNS various radiation equipment for use during the games and had a
five person team in Guadalajara, the site of the PanAm Games, to assist with
equipment operations from the opening ceremony on Oct. 14 through the closing
ceremony on Oct. 30. The games concluded with no major incidents and all
personnel and equipment are enroute back home.

The assistance at the PanAm Games
is part of NNSA’s commitment in assisting and working with the international
community. NNSA 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.

For additional information see: NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations

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