JRCS First Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session
(FY 2014)

2014/12/02

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) organized and held the first “Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session” at the JRCS Headquarters on November 5, 2014.
This training session is one of the efforts to enhance the JRCS nuclear emergency preparedness. The training session was held based on what was discussed at the Meeting for Medical Personnel of Japanese Red Cross Radiation Emergency Hospitals*, which took place back on August 26 and 27, 2014. The basic training session was held for JRCS relief team members, who are physicians, nurses, radiological technologists and administrative staff working at Japanese Red Cross hospitals across the country and JRCS chapter staff. The training session presented lectures about basic knowledge of radiation and nuclear disasters, workshops to learn how to use survey meters, case studies with assumed relief activity period and upper dose limit during that period of time. The program was aimed at providing the relief team members with knowledge and skills that allow them to act safely and with ease when they are dispatched to affected areas during a nuclear disaster.
The basic training will be provided twice for this fiscal year. The next session is scheduled for February 20, 2015.

*Note for Meeting for Medical Personnel of Japanese Red Cross Radiation Emergency Hospitals:
The meeting was held at the JRCS Headquarters on August 26 and 27, 2014 for Red Cross hospitals that are designated as primary or secondary radiation emergency hospitals, Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital & Atomic-bomb Survivors Hospital, Japanese Red Cross Nagasaki Genbaku Hospital and Fukushima Red Cross Hospital. These hospitals gathered for the first time to exchange their opinions for nuclear emergency arrangements. 17 physicians and radiological technologists of the Japanese Red Cross hospitals who took part in the meeting served as instructors at the basic training session.

1. Outline of the training session



Training session.

Training session.
(1) Date and time:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014; 11:00 – 17:00
(2) Venue: Meeting Room 201 and some other rooms at the JRCS Headquarters
(3) No. of participants: 71 (from Japanese Red Cross hospitals and JRCS chapters across Japan)
(1)Date and time:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014; 11:00 – 17:00
(2)Venue:
Meeting Room 201 and some other rooms at the JRCS Headquarters
(3)No. of participants:
71 (from Japanese Red Cross hospitals and JRCS chapters across Japan)

2. Purpose of the training


For JRCS relief team members to learn basic knowledge about radiation and radiation emergency medical care arrangements, and how to use radiation protective equipment so that they are able to safely engage in relief activities in a radioactive environment with ease.

3. Training program



Workshop 1: Participants learned how to put
on radiation protective gear.

Workshop 1: Participants learned how to put on radiation protective gear.
(1) Opening remarks by Director General, JRCS Disaster Management and Social Welfare Department
(2) Lecture 1: JRCS efforts for response to nuclear disasters
(3) Lecture 2: Basic knowledge about radiation protection during relief activities
(4) Lecture 3: Relief team activities during a nuclear disaster and collaboration with radiation emergency medical advisors
(5) Workshop 1: Safe relief activities during a nuclear disaster
- How to use a digital personal dosimeter and put on/off protective gear-
(6) Workshop 2: How to use/maintain a survey meter and a personal dosimeter
(7) Groupwork: Case study
(1)Opening remarks by Director General, JRCS Disaster Management and Social Welfare Department
(2)Lecture 1: JRCS efforts for response to nuclear disasters
(3)Lecture 2: Basic knowledge about radiation protection during relief activities
(4)Lecture 3: Relief team activities during a nuclear disaster and collaboration with radiation emergency medical advisors
(5)Workshop 1: Safe relief activities during a nuclear disaster
- How to use a digital personal dosimeter and put on/off protective gear-
(6)Workshop 2: How to use/maintain a survey meter and a personal dosimeter
(7)Groupwork: Case study

4. Summary of the training session


Please click on Summary [PDF].

5. Voices from the participants


(1) While the program timetable was a little time-constricted, I think that the training worked as a good opportunity for us to have more knowledge about radiation.
(2) I hope that workshops for radiological technologists will continue to be planned and held.
(3) There were more lectures than practical workshops at this session perhaps partly because the JRCS organized and held a training session of this kind for the first time, but I hope that specialized training for each profession will be provided for the next training session.
(1)While the program timetable was a little time-constricted, I think that the training worked as a good opportunity for us to have more knowledge about radiation.
(2)I hope that workshops for radiological technologists will continue to be planned and held.
(3)There were more lectures than practical workshops at this session perhaps partly because the JRCS organized and held a training session of this kind for the first time, but I hope that specialized training for each profession will be provided for the next training session.

Workshop 1: The training program includes
how to use a personal dosimeter.

Groupwork.

Workshop 1: The training program includes how to use a personal dosimeter.

Groupwork.