Hanford Fire Department Radiation Fundamentals for Emergency Responders
The Hanford Fire Department developed
this training material to assist emergency responders located at or near
a Department of Energy (DOE) site radiological transportation route. The
transportation of radioactive materials is well regulated and very safe.
The chances that an emergency responder will be involved in a radiological
transportation incident are minimal because the DOE has developed comprehensive
transportation and disposal plans designed to help prevent radiological
accidents. Never-the-less, the Hanford Fire Department has developed
this training to assist emergency responders in understanding the hazards
in responding to events involving radioactive materials, to know the fundamentals
of radioactive contamination, to understand the biological affects of exposure
to radioactive materials, and to know how to appropriately respond to hazardous
material events involving radioactive materials.
The training material contained
in this course is available without restriction. However, please be aware
that the representation of certain concepts in the course could be subject
to differing professional and personal opinions. We caution that knowledge,
experience and sound judgement be used by anyone attempting to translate
these materials into instructional programs for emergency responders and
We also encourage you to utilize
this material, as appropriate, in your training programs and to make these
resources available to other emergency services organizations that reveal
a genuine need for such information.