Leadership

How to Rescue Persons Injured In a Nuclear Radiation Incident

Issue 2 and Volume 120.

How to Rescue Persons Injured In a Nuclear Radiation Incident Three-zone control plan, use of full protective clothing, first aid, monitoring are basic in emergency action Firemen may at any time be called upon to rescue persons with nuclear radiation injuries as well as physical injuries. Radioactive materials are in use throughout the country in atomic energy installations, small industrial laboratories, hospitals and medical complexes, and educational institutions. Fire departments should locate these possible danger areas and prepare to meet the rescue problems caused by atomic radiation. A release of radioactive materials during accidents forces rescue teams to attack the problem on two fronts: physical injuries (lacerations, burns, broken bones) and radiation exposures (internal and external). Since the human senses cannot warn of radioactivity, radiation specialists should be among the first on the scene to seek and measure radioactivity. Primary hazard The primary contamination hazard comes from nonpenetrating radiations, which…

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