How to Handle Fires in Nuclear Weapons

Issue 3 and Volume 118.

How to Handle Fires in Nuclear Weapons —U.S. Army photographs DEFENSE of our nation greatly relies on the deterrent force of our nuclear weapons stockpile. The maintenance of this stockpile requires the daily shipment of nuclear weapons by government agencies via rail, road, air, and sea. These shipments may just be passing through your district or they may be stored at an installation nearby. Because of this it is necessary that all fire departments have some knowledge of the procedures to be followed in the event that an accident or incident involving such a cargo takes place. It is not the purpose of this article to teach fire fighting, but to dispel the fear of a nuclear explosion and to point out the safety precautions to be taken. The typical nuclear weapon consists of two major components which constitute the greatest danger in the event of an accident—the nuclear material…

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