National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA provides radiological incident response equipment and training to emergency response experts in Thailand

November 27, 2019

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NNSA personal install SPARCS equipment in OAP response vehicles in Thailand.
NNSA personal install SPARCS equipment in OAP response vehicles in Thailand.

NNSA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation provided the Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP) – part of Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation – with Emergency Preparedness and Response training and equipment in Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 18-22.

Emily Jackson and James Butler from NNSA’s Remote Sensing Laboratory adjust SPARCS equipment in Thailand.
Emily Jackson and James Butler from NNSA’s Remote Sensing Laboratory adjust the SPARCS equipment.

The radiological incident response equipment – Spectral Advanced Radiological Computer Systems, or SPARCS – will not only enhance OAP’s capacity to respond to radiation incidents but will also allow the office to provide training to internal Thai chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense response teams from the Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. 

“Understanding our international partner’s needs and helping them build capacity for emergency preparedness and response training helps NNSA and the entire Government of Thailand,” said NNSA Foreign Affairs Specialist Andrae Brooks.

The SPARCS equipment will be used to enhance mobile radiation detection and support major public events that will strengthen the radiological and nuclear incident response capability for the OAP and the Government of Thailand.

During the week, the NNSA team also visited the one megawatt Thai Research Reactor 1/ Modification 1 (TRR-1/M1) located at the Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology. The visit was instrumental in providing a better understanding of safety precautions, research missions, and the commercial applications of the reactor for Thai industries.

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NNSA representatives visited the Thai Research Reactor 1/Modification 1 at the Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology in Bangkok.
NNSA representatives visited the Thai Research Reactor 1/Modification 1 at the Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology in Bangkok.