Guam hosts training on effects of radiation incidents, response

TRAINING: David Schauer, a certified health physicist, leads a class on low-dose radiation effects as part of training being given at the Guam National Guard Readiness Center Tuesday. The Guard's 94th Civil Support Team-Weapons of Mass Destruction Unit is hosting the Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation course from Sept. 9-12. The three-day course includes internal contamination, late effects, and diagnosis, and treatment of acute radiation syndrome and combined injury. Participants will become familiar with the effects of radiological/nuclear weapons, radiological terrorism, and radiation accidents, as well as the psychological effects of a nuclear detonation, and the logistics of radiation incident response, according to the Guard. Physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear and Explosive specialists, health physicists, medical planners, first responders, hazardous material technicians and radiation technicians from the military, government and private sector throughout the region are participating. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post