NNSA leads Baltimore showcase of radiological emergency response assets

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) led an extensive demonstration on July 15-16 of state and federal emergency response assets from the National Capital Region that can be deployed during emergencies.

The demonstration took place during the Health Physics Society's annual meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center. The radiological emergency assets on display included emergency vehicles and nuclear detection assets, according to a NNSA press release.

"This event is a great opportunity for observers to meet the men and women who would be the first to respond during a radiological emergency and learn about the capabilities available to the region," Joseph Krol, the NNSA's associate administrator for emergency operations, said. "We are fortunate to have dedicated professionals who are truly leaders in this field and are available at a moment's notice to assist the region and nation."

Exhibits and demonstrations at the meeting included the Environmental Protection Agency's Montgomery, Ala.-based mobile environmental laboratory, the Department of Energy/NNSA Joint Base Andrews-based Radiological Assistance Program and Aerial Measuring System assets, and the National Guard Bureau's Maryland-based 32nd WMD Civil Support Team. Units from the Army's 20th Support Command for CBRNE and mobile detection deployment units from the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office were also on display.