NNSA conducts training courses for emergency response in Armenia

The National Nuclear Security Administration announced on Tuesday that it conducted two emergency response training courses last week in Yerevan, Armenia, to train emergency responders to handle nuclear incidents.

The International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response course and the Medical Management or Radiation Injuries training was sponsored by the Armenian Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol opened the training, which took place at the State University for Engineering Armenia.

"NNSA is happy to be able to provide training to Armenia and to help ensure that its emergency responders are able to appropriately respond to incidents and accidents involving nuclear and radioactive material," Krol said. "The I-RAPTER course provides emergency responders with techniques and tools to locate, characterize, identify and control nuclear and radioactive material, and the I-MED course provides participants with practical information on how to treat injured contaminated patients following a radiation incident."

State University for Engineering Armenia Rector Ara Avetisyan and Armenian Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Vice Minister Areg Galstyan also took part in opening the training.

There were 28 participants who took part in the I-RAPTER course and 16 people took the I-MED course.

The I-RAPTER course included hands-on use of radiation detection equipment, in addition to control, identification, characterization and search scenarios involving radiation sources. The I-MED course included information on pathophysiology of radiation exposure, management of infectious diseases, treatment for internal contamination, acute radiation syndrome, dosimetry and case studies.