NNSA conducts radiological emergency preparedness training in Taiwan

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration recently announced that it conducted an emergency preparedness course in Taiwan from December 10 to 12 on radiological monitoring, data collection and analysis.

The training was overseen by the American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. The course was titled the Advanced Aerial Radiological Measurements with Spectral Advanced Radiological Computer System Course, and equipped emergency responders with hands-on tools they can use in a radiological event.

"The training, under the auspices of AIT, is part of NNSA's continued commitment in assisting the international community to be prepared for a nuclear or radiological emergency," NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol said. "We are pleased to collaborate with first responders from various agencies from Taiwan to enhance technical capabilities to detect and assess radiation and to integrate that information into emergency response actions. We look forward to all future work with Taiwan."

There were 32 participants of the training, including responders from The Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, the Atomic Energy Council and the Taiwanese military. Each responder was given a different type of training, pertaining to what they may need in the field, such as SPARCS equipment training and emergency in-air data collection.

The training was conducted by experts from the NNSA and Remote Sensing Laboratory from Joint Base Andrews and Nellis Air Force Base, and was organized by National Security Technologies.