NNSA Conducts Additional Training in Preparation for Pan American Games

Press Release
Aug 10, 2011

MEXICO CITY – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Emergency Operations is providing additional training this week to representatives of the Mexican government in preparation for the Pan American Games to be to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October. Following a recent medical training program, NNSA is instructing on nuclear/radiological search and detection.

“NNSA continues to provide Mexican authorities with training in preparation of the Pan American Games as part of our ongoing cooperation,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “Our strong working relationship is critical to ensuring the safety of the fans, athletes, and dignitaries who will be attending the Games this fall.”

To assist with the Pan American Games, NNSA will loan various nuclear/radiation detection equipment to the Mexican government, ensuring capabilities exist that will enable detection and response to incidents involving nuclear/radiological material. NNSA will also provide support staff and reachback capabilities to ensure operability of nuclear/radiological detection equipment and evaluation of incidents.

This week’s training on nuclear/radiological search and detection is being delivered to 55 participants from three organizations: Mexico’s Civil Protection, which has responsibility for event security and medical personnel; Mexico’s Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS), which has nuclear/radiation detection responsibility; and Mexico’s National Security, which has overall responsibility for all aspects of security and control for the games. The participants will then train the more than 500 additional officials who will be responsible for the safety of athletes and spectators at the games.

The International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Responders (I-RAPTER) training is being conducted by personnel from Sandia National Laboratories and the Remote Sensing Laboratory. Personnel from NNSA laboratories and facilities make up the core of NNSA's emergency response program with more than 50 years of expertise in addressing nuclear/radiological events.

Other NNSA upcoming activities associated with preparations for the Pan American Games include a radiation medical emergency training course to be conducted in Guadalajara the week of Oct. 3 and refresher search and detection training and equipment familiarization scheduled for the week of Oct. 10. The Pan American Games will open on Friday, Oct. 14 and close on Monday, Oct. 31.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.