NNSA to conduct training for Iraqi first responders

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration recently announced it will conduct an Advanced International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response course for Iraqi first responders.

The Iraqi Radioactive Source Regulatory Authority will oversee the training in Las Vegas, Nevada, which will take 15 Iraqi first responders and train them on a range of skills, including border monitoring of radiological materials, alarm interdiction and adjudication, how to identify suspicious cargo and use of hands-on equipment to detect and identify radiological sources.

"This course demonstrates NNSA's commitment in assisting Iraqi first responders to be prepared to handle hazardous material following a radiological incident or event," NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol said. "We will continue to provide our technical expertise and assistance to Iraq and to countries around the world."

The course is the second this year for participants in the Middle East. The first course took place in March in Amman, Jordan, for first responders in Jordon and Iraq. First course participants learned from instructors of Sandia National Laboratories and NSTec's Remote Sensing Laboratory of Joint Base Andrews and Nellis Air Force Base.

The NNSA is an organization concerned with the nuclear security and safety. It provides the U.S. with emergency responders for nuclear and radiological emergencies and provides security capabilities to the nation to counter the threat of terrorism. The NNSA provides support to law enforcement agencies, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and international organizations of emergency responders.