ZONA 2013 - nuclear power plant accident exercise proves readiness of rescue system

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

The Dukovany nuclear power plant and its surroundings were sites for the ZONA 2013 three-day exercise which was organised by the Ministry of Interior with full participation of all elements of the Integrated Rescue System, and the Crises Management Staff of the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety.

The Contact Point of the Czech Republic receives an initial report of the accident at the power plant at 7.06 a.m. on 26 March 2013. The scenario prescribes a damage and partial collapse of a machine hall roof because of severe weather conditions, accompanied with oil and hydrogen leakage. The fire bursts up. The steam fills the machine hall.

ZONA 2013 Exercise

The Crisis Staff informs about the situation the International Atomic Energy Agency, local government and people living around the Dukovany area, together with immediate activation of the Intergrated Rescue System which includes also personnel of the 314th Weapons of Mass Destruction Warning Centre from the 31st Brigade of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Protection based at Liberec.

Medical personnel, firefighters with decontamination units, police, civilian and military specialists are deployed at the scene with the ultimate goal to eliminate damages to health, lives of people, and damage to property that could be endangered by the accident.

For environmental monitoring, both civilian and military personnel installed IRIS (Integrated Radiation Information System) aboard of the Mi-17 helicopter from the 24th Air Transportation Base at Prague-Kbely.

The exercise proved good coordination and readiness of all rescue authorities to deal with emergency situations. Previous exercises with similar scenarios were held in 2008 and 2010.

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Posted: April 1, 2013