WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently provided training in Singapore on radiological contamination and accident casualties aimed at further developing Singapore’s strategic crisis response capabilities.
“The training in Singapore is another example of NNSA’s commitment to work with foreign governments in improving emergency preparedness and response programs,” said NNSA’s Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “NNSA’s response capabilities highlight our efforts to leverage NNSA’s resources to support our international partners while delivering on President Obama’s nuclear security objectives.”
These training courses are conducted around the world by NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operation’s Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS). REAC/TS is tasked with medical management of radiation incidents and accidents. Since its inception, REAC/TS has responded to more than 2,450 calls for assistance and many more calls for information related to the medical management of radiation events.
The workshop in Singapore trained 111 physicians, nurses, hospital administrators and emergency personnel to respond to and treat radiation casualties. Radioactive materials or radiation generating devices are used in construction, medicine and industry. As radiation-based technology finds its way into ever-increasing areas of use, it is imperative that the medical community is able to appropriately respond to potential accidents involving ionizing radiation. The training also prepares the medical response community to effectively respond to radiological terrorism.
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.
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.