NNSA conducts training course in Vietnam

The National Nuclear Security Administration conducted a training course in Hanoi, Vietnam, last week and assisted the country in setting up a radiological emergency management system, the NNSA announced on Tuesday.

The International Consequence Management training course was hosted by the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety and is part of Vietnam's preparation for constructing a nuclear power plant. Fifteen participants were on hand to represent VARANS and other organizations responsible for responding to nuclear or radiological incidents and accidents under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

"The training is part of the many positive steps Vietnam and VARANS are taking in establishing a nuclear and radiological emergency management system prior to building a nuclear power plant," Joseph Krol, the NNSA associate administrator for emergency operations, said. "I am pleased that NNSA is able to continue our partnership with Vietnam in helping to improve its emergency management structure."

The course gave attendees information and data on methods and means for setting up and establishing an assessment and monitoring program following a radiological or nuclear event. The participants also received hands-on equipment training in monitoring, data collection and data analysis techniques.

Personnel from NNSA and the Remote Sensing Lab provided the training. The RSL is a center for advanced technologies that focuses on the operational, technological and scientific disciplines needed to ensure the success of national security missions.

The NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for strengthening national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations on projects ranging from emergency preparedness assistance to emergency management infrastructure.