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Video: Emergency Response to Transportation Accident Involving Radioactive Material (18:18)



About this video:

This video was produced by the Department of Energy/Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP) for their Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training (MERRTT) education project. REMM is grateful to TEPP for the opportunity to show this video, which is used as part of their comprehensive professional training program for responders.

  • Source: DOE Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP) and DHS/FEMA
  • This 18:18 minute video has a companion text User Guide (PDF - 547 KB)
  • Topics: responding to an accident involving radioactive materials; Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG); time/distance/shielding; safety/isolation/notification; personal protective equipment; principles of patient care; set up control boundaries: inner and outer line; identification of shipping papers; zones of the response area [hot zone (exclusion zone), warm zone, cold zone, decontamination corridor]; roles of the incident team members: managing contaminated patients (double blanket method); protecting the ambulance from radiation; techniques for minimizing the spread of contamination; techniques for removal of contaminated gear; survey the affected area and personnel involved in the response; documentation; arrival of ambulance at the hospital and transfer of patient; managing the ambulance and personnel after patient is delivered to ED, final tasks
  • Video refers to Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) version 2000 for first responders
  • These excellent videos (and guides) are generally targeted at those responding to transportation incidents with very few victims.
  • Implementation of all the guidance recommendations may not be completely feasible for some of the very large, mass casualty incidents covered by REMM, such as an IND.
  • These videos are included in a much more extensive DOE/TEPP/MERRT professional training program for transportation accident responders.