The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the conclusion of an International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response (I-RAPTER) conducted in Slovenia and co-sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“There is great demand for the course because countries know they need to be prepared to address radiological incidents effectively,” said Joseph J. Krol, Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations. “We work to include as many NNSA partner countries as possible in our international training to ensure that when radioactive material is discovered in a country, the appropriate authorities –such as customs, police and first responders– have access to in-country and NNSA reachback capabilities. The training in Slovenia demonstrates NNSA’s continued commitment to provide training to the international community while delivering on President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.”
The I-RAPTER training was provided to 36 nuclear/radiological emergency responders, which included 15 participants from Slovenia and 21 students from 20 other countries.
IAEA co-sponsored the training enabling NNSA to reach a wide audience. This training provided an opportunity for NNSA to interact with representatives of a number of different countries and establish some new partnerships thus reducing demand on resources and eliminating the need to travel to specific countries for bilateral work.
This International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response (I-RAPTER) training was conducted with involvement of personnel from Sandia National Laboratories, the Remote Sensing Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory. Personnel from NNSA laboratories and facilities make up the core of NNSA’s emergency response program with more than 50 years of expertise in addressing nuclear/radiological events.
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.
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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. Visit www.nnsa.energy.gov for more information.