Do you know what to do if there’s a radiological accident in your community? Do you know how to stay safe — or how to keep your people safe? Can you pick the right radiation instrument, perform the surveys that need to be performed, and interpret the results? Do you know how much radiation it takes to pose a risk to your health? Chances are that the answer to most— maybe all — of these questions is “no,” in spite of the fact that we’ve been worrying about radiological attacks — “dirty bombs” — for over a decade. But we don’t have to suffer a terrorist attack in order to have a radiological incident — it might be a fire in the local radiopharmacy, a traffic accident involving a vehicle transporting an industrial radiography source, or an accident at a nearby nuclear reactor. The fact is that most emergency responders don’t have the training they need in order to respond safely and appropriately to a radiological or nuclear incident.
This training session will not address everything that you need to know in order to tackle a complex, large-scale radiological event — that level of training takes place over weeks or months. But it will give you a lot of the background information you’ll need to start to plan a response to the sorts of events that are more likely to occur in your city. Also, we’ll spend some time talking about radiation instruments — how to choose the correct one and how to use it properly — in addition to getting a little bit of practice using them and interpreting the results.
Dr. Andrew Karam, Homeland Security Scientific Advisor at Mirion, is teaching this course. Andrew has more than 35 years working as a radiation safety professional, including his time in the Navy’s nuclear power program and several years working as a rad/nuke subject matter expert for the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Division. He has also worked extensively with New York City’s Fire Department as a trainer and as a consultant.
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019