WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of its commitment to help Vietnam enhance its emergency management systems, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is conducting two emergency preparedness courses this week in Vietnam. The training is being hosted by the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS).
“I commend Vietnam on its approach to establishing a nuclear/radiological emergency management program while developing its new nuclear power program,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “I applaud the positive progress that VARANS has made to date in establishing an effective program within VARANS and Vietnam. NNSA is pleased to be asked to provide technical assistance to Vietnam in the development of its program.”
The two courses being conducted this week in Vietnam are International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response (I-RAPTER) and International Medical Management of Radiation Injuries (I-MED).
The I-RAPTER training is being provided to 30 participants representing 10 organizations that would provide response to any nuclear and/or radiological incident in Vietnam. The I-MED training is being provided to 60 doctors, nurses, hospital administrative personnel and emergency medical response participants representing 18 medical organizations throughout Vietnam.
The training is delivered by personnel from Department of Energy/NNSA, Sandia National Laboratories, the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Joint Base Andrews, and the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS), located in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Additionally, logistics and other support is provided by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
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, the 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 that improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.
NNSA announced  earlier this year its cooperation with Vietnam to discuss ways to help improve its emergency management structure.
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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.