A three-person team from the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REACTS) in Oak Ridge was in Singapore recently to provide training on radiological contamination and medical response to a major radiological accident or nuclear terrorism. The event was sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Next week, a crew from REACTS will be in Kuwait to do training there. There’s definitely a global trend toward doing the best to prepare for the worst.
In a statement, NNSA Associate Administrator Joseph Krol said, “The training in Singapore is another example of NNSA’s commitment to work with foreign governments in improving emergency preparedness and response programs.”
REACTS is a key U.S. government facility for medical management of radiation incidents and accidents. REACTS is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.
“Since its inception, REAC/TS has responded to more than 2,450 calls for assistance and many more calls for information related to the medical management of radiation events,” the NNSA said.
In Singapore, 111 physicians, nurses, hospital administrators and emergency personnel were trained to respond to and treat radiation casualties
ORAU spokeswoman Pam Bonee said the Oak Ridge team assembled for the Singapore training included Dr. Al Wiley, director of REACTS, health physicist Steve Sugarman, and nurse/paramedic/instructorl Rob Beauchamp.