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U.S. Wraps up Radiological Incident Preparedness Class in Slovenia
The U.S. agency tasked with maintaining the nation's nuclear arsenal this week wrapped up a preparedness class in Slovenia that focused on responding to a radiological incident (see GSN, Oct. 5, 2011).
The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and the International Atomic Energy Agency co-organized the readiness training, which was given to 36 first responders culled from Slovenia and 20 other nations.
“There is great demand for the course because countries know they need to be prepared to address radiological incidents effectively,” NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol said in shared comments. “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 International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response included participation from Sandia National Laboratories, the Idaho National Laboratory, and the Remote Sensing Laboratory (U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration release, March 22).