Strengthening the collaboration with local authorities

Since July 2017 a collaboration protocol has been initiated between RATEN ICN Pitesti and The County Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU Arges), having the aim of mutual support in training activities on topics of common interest, especially related to radiation field monitoring techniques, worker protection against the effects of ionizing radiation and first aid in emergency situations.

The Protocol aims to increase the efficiency of activities regarding the management and prevention of emergency situations, identification, monitoring, analysis and management of nuclear accident or radiological emergency situations and to provide effective information and technical assistance in accordance with legal provisions.

In November, at ICN Pitesti headquarters, a training course for the intervention staff involved in the immediate response to a nuclear accident or radiological emergencies was organized. The activity focused on the training of CBRN crew members from ISU Arges and consisted of: theoretical training sessions (Radiological Emergency Monitoring; use of individual protective equipment) and practical sessions.

The aim of theoretical training on monitoring techniques was to obtain the familiarization with the most common tools and methods used to monitor the radiation fields and contamination in a nuclear accident or radiological emergency. The material presented was structured in three chapters:

  • The objectives of in-situ monitoring of radiation field levels and radioactive contamination
  • Radiation measuring instruments
  • Basic procedures for radiological investigation

The material presented on the second theoretical session, regarding the use of individual protective equipment, was structured on two chapters, as follows:

  • Individual protective equipment for first responders (Fire-fighting protection equipment; Protection of emergency medical services; Performance levels of protective equipment; Tyvek ™ protective clothing; Respiratory protection)
  • Individual protection in areas contaminated with radioactive materials

The practical training session consisted of the following activities:

  • Equipping the intervention staff,
  • Workshops with real radiation sources to test the equipment and to improve the radiation detection techniques.

The goals of the practical activities were to acquire and to practice the techniques related to the selection and use of individual protective equipment and to the radiological monitoring of radiation fields.


Cristian Dulama, RATEN ICN