Military Radiation Monitoring Net activated for training exercise

Autor: Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

The specialists of the 314th Weapons of Mass Destruction Warning Centre simulated a sudden rise in radiation on all measurement points at 16 military bases on 15th March morning. The dosimetric level of 500 µSv/h resulted in activation of the Military Radiation Monitoring Net.

Entrance to the 314th NBC Warning Centre in Hostivice-Brve
Entrance to the 314th NBC Warning Centre in Hostivice-Brve

The aim of the exercise was to verify the various coordination procedures in both military and national institutions, and determine the adequacy of the early warning and rapid response systems.

On receiving the initial radiation level reports, the team reported to their superiors, the 31st Regiment of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Protection, as well as to the respective Czech offices responsible for national nuclear safety, and requested permission to declare a state of emergency.

The National Radiation Protection Institute (NRPI) and other radiation monitoring military bases then deployed their mobile teams who, on verifying the real threat, they reported findings to the State Office for Nuclear Safety whose responsibility it is to take the necessary actions to protect the civilian population and industrial plants, as well as ensure the continued functioning of important national authorities.

The ‘tests’ were discontinued later that afternoon when radiation levels were declared negative.

The training exercise firmly established the readiness and timely response of all parties involved. "The response time was carefully and successfully coordinated and there were no complications reported throughout the day. The teams deserve our sincere thanks for their close and effective cooperation, and for the considerable knowledge shared here today," said First Lieutenant Jiri Komarek, Senior Officer of the Monitoring and Air Reconnaissance Group of the 314th Warning Centre.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

March 19, 2017