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NNSA, Los Angeles Partner on Mobile Aerial Response Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently completed training with several Los Angeles-area law enforcement agencies to help officials there learn how to better analyze and transmit aerial data collected in response to a radiological incident.

The training, which is jointly administered by NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations and the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, is a collaborative program that provides aerial radiological surveillance and equipment technique training to local law enforcement offices in major U.S. cities.

Since the curriculum was developed by NNSA experts in early 2008, training has been provided to more than 100 law enforcement officials in Chicago; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; and Newburg, N.Y.

“This is a great opportunity for us to partner with local law enforcement to help them collect the kind of data that would be invaluable immediately following a nuclear or radiological incident,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “By leveraging six decades of experience in concert with local partnership, we can increase our responsiveness and awareness in the event of an incident.”

The Los Angeles training was organized by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but participants represented several law enforcement agencies in the Los Angeles area.

The technical training was administered by NNSA’s Aerial Measuring System (AMS) program, which is based out of the agency’s Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) in Las Vegas, Nev. AMS characterizes ground-deposited radioactive materials using aerial platforms. The AMS program includes fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft with radiological measuring equipment to conduct aerial surveys, map large areas of contamination, and locate lost radioactive sources. AMS also provides computer analysis of aerial measurements conducted in-house or by other agencies.

With more than 60 years of expertise in handling, securing and detecting nuclear material, NNSA is uniquely equipped to share expertise and collaborate with domestic and foreign counterparts on emergency response issues.

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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 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.