The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. announces the publication of the Handbook for Responding to a Radiological Dispersal Device First Responder's Guide—The First 12 Hours. This handbook was developed as a training and reference tool for first responders with various degrees of radiological experience, providing guidance in a number of areas, including a flow chart of actions when responding to an RDD, rules of thumb, determination of various radiation zones, use of radiation instrumentation, decontamination guidelines, and multiple forms that can be tailored for specific needs.
The RDD Handbook also includes lists of state, local and federal radiation control contacts that can provide assistance.
This handbook will be useful for training, exercise and response activities.” Many of the concepts introduced in the handbook can be applied to a variety of radiation incidents, and do not apply exclusively to dirty bombs.
The RDD Handbook consists of the bound document, a CD containing forms and handouts, and one RDD Pocket Guide. Ordering information is available at www.crcpd.org, or call (502) 227-4543, Ext. 2229. Price: $30, including shipping.