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Radiological Assistance Program Team Training

Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) teams from around the country conducted drills together this month as part of RAP Training for Emergency Response (RAPTER).

RAPTER training is conducted four times annually to provide recertification for members of Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) nuclear incident response teams.

“RAPTER ensures the readiness and competence of individual team members to respond to radiological events or emergencies,” said Jay Tilden, NNSA Acting Associate Administrator and Deputy Under Secretary for Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation.

RAP is the nation’s premier first-response resource in assessing a radiological emergency and advising decision-makers on further steps to take to evaluate and minimize the hazards of a radiological incident.

Established in the late 1950s, RAP provides radiological emergency response assistance to the states, tribal entities, and federal agencies. There are currently nine RAP regions around the country, providing a 24/7 response capability for any incident or accident involving radioactive material.

RAP Teams consist of federal and contract employees who regularly work with radioactive material at DOE and NNSA facilities.

The RAPTER program was created in 1994 to provide additional technical training needed for RAP Teams. The RAPTER class consists of lectures, capability exercises, and team response exercises.

Source: National Nuclear Security Administration, adapted

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