NNSA holds training in Kazakhstan

The National Nuclear Security Administration held an International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response training session last week in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The I-RAPTER training session was held at the Institute of Nuclear Physics. The exercises included using radiation detection equipment to locate hidden sources of radiation.

"Over many years, NNSA has developed the knowledge and expertise needed to help other nations improve their emergency response capabilities," NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph J. Krol said. "Partnering with Kazakhstan and sharing our insights helps improve preparedness and could help Kazakhstan better respond to nuclear or radiological emergency should there ever be one. NNSA will continue to provide our unique technical expertise and assistance to the international community, making people around the globe safer from nuclear or radiological incidents."

There were 22 participants in the training exercises, some of whom were from Ministry of Emergency Situations, Kazakhstan Atomic Energy Committee and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The training was done by members from NNSA, along with members from Joint Base Andrews and Nellis Air Force Base and Sandia National Laboratories.

The NNSA was created by the U.S. Congress in 2000. NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy that is charged with enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.