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Responding to a Radiological Dispersal Event

By Eric L. Darois Firefighters and other first responders from across the country can look to how their counterparts in Boston, Massachusetts, sprang into action in the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon attacks as a model to follow when conducting their own preparations and drills for a so-called “dirty bomb” attack that involves the use of a radiological dispersal device (RDD). The word “radiation” can cause panic and make the initial response and triage of victims more difficult and chaotic. Training to prepare for a radiological incident should include a range of activities including receiving an education on the basic fundamentals of radioactive materials and their hazards, t...

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