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U.S. leads nuclear emergency management training in Taiwan

U.S. nuclear security experts conducted two preparedness courses in Taiwan in late December for emergency responders and other government agencies in the country.

The courses, led by personnel from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), included advanced training on the Spectral Advanced Radiological Computer System (SPARCS) and an international training course on Consequence Management.

“The courses were a follow on to training conducted in Taiwan earlier this year,” said Joseph Krol, NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations in a Dec. 28 statement. “This training continues to demonstrate NNSA’s commitment to the international community by emphasizing the importance of emergency response.”

The Advanced SPARCS training, said NNSA, was held in partnership with the Atomic Energy Council and was conducted at the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research. A total of 26 people representing various agencies participated in the training on the multi-platform detection system for radiological emergency response, said NNSA.

According to the agency, the I-CM training was held for personnel working with radiation emergency response and its aim was to provide attendees with information and data on means and methods for setting up and establishing a monitoring and assessment program following a nuclear/radiological event. NNSA said participants got hands-on equipment training in techniques for monitoring as well as instruction in data collection and analysis. The training program, said NNSA, was attended by 41 participants representing various agencies and groups.

The SPARCS training, said the agency, was provided by personnel from NNSA and the Remote Sensing Lab (RSL) from Joint Base Andrews. The I-CM training was provided by personnel from the RSL, managed by National Security Technologies at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The RSL, it said, is a national leader in radiological emergency response, nuclear and radiological detection, and related technology and electronics development.

NNSA said its Office of Emergency Operations currently collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations with projects ranging from providing assistance to foreign governments in improving their emergency preparedness and response programs, to joint collaborative activities that improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.