The I-RAPTER Advanced Course (WMD-CD-31766 International Radiological Assistance Programme Training for Emergency Response) was offered for the second time by the Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence and US Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The course was conducted from 6 - 9 November 2017. Ten course participants (from CZE, EGY, SVK, SVN and POL), mostly members of armed forces, enjoyed a mix of theoretical lessons, practical activities and exercises. Radiological material identification exercises were conducted in cooperation with CZE University of Defence (NBC Defence Institute / Radiological Laboratory) and Air Museum in Vyškov.

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The aim of the course was to provide practical information for effectively responding to radiological incidents and accidents. The course is built on the basic I-RAPTER course by providing responders, law enforcement officers, radiation protection specialists, port and customs officials, and emergency managers with advanced techniques for radiological search and identification.

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The performance of the NNSA instructors (Mike TAYLOR, Nate HOTELING, James BUTLER and Kevin ROLFE) was very professional and highly appreciated by all students. Students evaluated the course as very useful for their current assignments and future career development.

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Future iterations of I-RAPTER Courses are planned for May 2018 (WMD-CD-21765 I-RAPTER Basic) and November 2018 (WMD-CD-31766 I-RAPTER Advanced).

See the Training Portal for updates.



Author: CPT Dejan PAGON, (SVN A)

Photo: WO Petr MOHNACS, (CZE A)