NNSA conducts training on radiological response at IAEA headquarters

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration announced on Thursday that it conducted an international radiological assistance program training for emergency response advanced training course last week in Vienna, Austria.

The NNSA conducted the training in partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency's Incident and Emergency Center. The course was held at the IAEA's headquarters.

"Our strong partnership with IAEA is integral in our efforts to improve global nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness and response capabilities," Joseph Krol, the NNSA's associate administrator for emergency operations, said. "NNSA, with its unique and valuable technical expertise, continues to provide assistance to strengthen worldwide capabilities. We can all learn from each other's experiences in order to better protect the people and the environment in the event of a nuclear or radiological incident. We look forward to our continued cooperation with our international partners in the important area of radiological emergency response."

The I-RAPTER A course gave incident commanders and second line responders training to address significant detailed response measures related to a nuclear or radiological incident response. There were 26 participants representing 16 countries at the course. By the program's end, international first responders were able to respond appropriately to radioactive material incidents.

The NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency established in 2000 within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for increasing national security through the military application of nuclear science. The NNSA provides the U.S. government's primary capability for radiological and nuclear emergency response.