JRCS Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Sessions
(FY 2018)

2019/02/22

Having learned salutary lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) has held Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Sessions starting FY 2014, to ensure safe and secure operation of relief activities in radioactive environments carried out by the relief team members and other first responders. The objectives of the training are for the participants to acquire a basic knowledge of radiation and develop special capabilities for manipulating radiation protection equipment and gear including how to use them.

In FY 2018, the sessions were organized for the JRCS chapters and the Japanese Red Cross (JRC) hospitals in the Second Block (Kanto-Koshinetsu area) and the Fourth Block (Kinki area).

JRCS Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session for the Second Block
(FY 2018)


On September 25 (Tue), 2018 the JRCS held a Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session at the JRCS Tokyo chapter, co-sponsoring the event with the Ibaraki chapter.

A total of 72 people participated in the training from the prefectural chapters and the JRC hospitals in Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, and Yamanashi, as well as from the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center. A majority of them also took part in the disaster relief drill held later on November 4 (Sun) and 5 (Mon) in Ibaraki Prefecture involving the JRCS headquarters and the chapters and JRC hospitals in the Second Block, simulating a scenario of a nuclear emergency. The basic training on September 25 worked as a preliminary session for them to acquire the required knowledge for participating in the drill.


Participants listening to the findings from
the group activity (the 2nd Block)

Participants listening to the findings from the group activity (the 2nd Block)

The participants left feedback with comments such as: “The group activity made each of us in the group consider how we could get the most and the best done for the affected people simultaneously with protecting ourselves and our colleagues”; “I felt afresh that radiation is ubiquitous and has much to do with us. I could also remind myself that, in a live-emergency situation, what is important is to give thought to those affected by the disaster.”

JRCS Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session for the Fourth Block
(FY 2018)


On November 30 (Fri) and December 1 (Sat), 2018 the JRCS hosted a Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session at JRC Nagahama Hospital, co-sponsoring the event with the Shiga chapter.

The training was attended by 49 people from 6 prefectural chapters (Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama, and Shiga) and JRC hospitals in the Fourth Block.


Participants working in the group activity
(the 4th Block)

Participants working in the group activity (the 4th Block)

Besides the regular lectures and group activities, a special lecturer invited from the Shiga prefectural government talked about the disaster preparedness plan and other programs developed by Shiga Prefecture.

The guest lecturer talked about the tangible initiatives created by Shiga Prefecture, including a sequence of actions toward evacuation and evacuation sites and routes in case of a nuclear emergency occurring at one of the nearby nuclear power plants. The lecture drew much attention from the audience.

Feedback given by the participants, included comments like: “It was good to get the tangible knowledge including the perspective of the administrative body of Shiga Prefecture”; “Having listened to the practical response measures designed by Shiga Prefecture, I now want to know how the government of my prefecture is planning to deal with the same situation.”