National Nuclear Security Administration holds training exercise in Czech Republic

Fifteen students from seven countries recently participated in a training program on radiation emergency response in Vyskov, Czech Republic.

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) conducted the International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response at NATO's Joint Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (JCBRN) Defence Centre of Excellence (COE), Your Defence News reports.

The course focused on procedures for law enforcement, first responders and specialists should take to detect and respond to emergencies involving nuclear or radiological material. Participants were trained both in the classroom and in field exercises that included radiation concepts and detection, mission planning, alarm adjudication and recovery, according to Your Defence News.

"The NATO JCBRN Defence COE provides a unique setting for NNSA's technical experts to train targeted specialists in techniques to be able to locate, characterize, identify and control nuclear and radioactive material during an emergency," NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol said, Your Defence News reports.

The exercise also included training on using radiation detection technology to measure dose rates, localize radiation hotspots and identify radioactive material.

The training exercise lasted for three and a half days. Participating countries included Afghanistan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland, according to Your Defence News.