WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) are in Taiwan this week conducting three emergency management training courses. The courses are: International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response Port/Customs (I-RAPTER P/C), International Medical Management of Radiation Injuries (I-MED) and SPARCS aerial training.
“The three training courses being taught in Taiwan showcase our commitment to the international community by highlighting the importance of emergency response,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “Participants in the three courses benefit from the valuable experiences the instructors share as part of the lessons. The courses also highlight how NNSA is working throughout the world to implement President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.”
The I-RAPTER P/C training has 48 participants from the Taiwan Atomic Energy Council (AEC), Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER), Customs, Port Authority, National Fire Department and Army. The course provides training to address radioactive material detected in cargo shipments to enable port and customs personnel along with the radiation safety personnel to properly adjudicate the situation. The course was opened by Krol and is being conducted by personnel from NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations, Sandia National Laboratories and the Remote Sensing Laboratory from Nellis Air Force Base and Joint Base Andrews.
The I-MED training has 64 representatives from the Taiwan medical community in attendance including medical doctors, hospital administration staff, nurses, emergency medical technicians and fire and police personnel. The training is hosted by Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taipei. The training was opened by Krol and is being conducted with personnel from NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations and Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The SPARCS aerial training course has 30 participants, half of whom represent the AEC and the INER, the agencies that will be responsible for the SPARCS equipment operation and data interpretation. The other participants are from the Taiwan Army who will operate the aircraft for the aerial search and survey. This class is being conducted by personnel from NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations and Remote Sensing Laboratory from Nellis Air Force Base and Joint Base Andrews.
NNSA provides nuclear emergency response support to local law enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and emergency responders in other countries. This expertise is derived from NNSA’s primary mission to ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without underground nuclear testing.
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.