Radiation Nuclear Training

7/15/2017 7:40 AM

EPFD participates in Radiation/Nuclear Training

On July 9-15, certain members of the HazMat Taskforce participated in training provided by the Center for Radiation/Nuclear Training (CTOS). These classes were a culmination of three years of training. Several fire departments, police departments and the Border Patrol also took part in the training. Additional classes were also given to the health department and medical professionals like nurses, doctors and EMS employees.

"The Department of Homeland Security reports that the next big terrorist event will be a dirty bomb," Lt. Troy Reister said. "When the USSR fell, thousands of pounds of nuclear material went unaccounted for and is now available on the black market. "In the light of this possible threat, this training by the CTOS has been made available to first responders, police, fire, and any other law enforcement."

The training is available onsite or individuals can go to Nevada and attend the 5-day course free of charge.  The local classes were held at the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Judicial Facility was the second time CTOS has been to El Paso. On Oct. 9, 2016, personnel from the the Hazmat Task Force, three from each of the shifts, attended the resident course. The Office of Emergency Management has also applied for Federal Grants to acquire a RIID device to address this nuclear threat.