#98-118 PHOTO CN10-135-98
Contact: Kara Villamil or Mona S. Rowe
As two Suffolk County emergency responders look on, Brookhaven National Laboratory's Henry Kahnhauser (center) shows them how to use a radiation-detection instrument to find radioactive materials in emergency situations. Kahnhauser and his colleagues from the U.S. Department of Energy's Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) trained dozens of Suffolk and Brookhaven Town emergency responders recently, offering them hands-on lessons in dealing with radiation and radioactivity on the job. The training emphasized safety precautions that responders can take, and proper use of equipment. The RAP team is a rapid-response squad that has helped police, fire and health officials from Maine to Maryland handle crimes and accidents involving radioactivity. Now, they are sharing their knowledge with others as part of the DOE's and BNL's ongoing cooperation with local emergency services departments.