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                                                         Annual live burn training

                                                         keeps SRS responders

        cool under pressure

        As the saying goes,                                    “What you do in training, is what you do in a real-life situation,”
        “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”                   said Steve Terry, SRNS Radiation Protection training instructor.
                                                               “Our goal is to successfully remove the firefighters air supply
                                                               and gear, while protecting them from internal contamination
        At the SRS annual live burn training exercise held at the   and minimizing the spread of contamination. There’s a process
        Columbia County Fire Rescue Training Facility, a smoke-filled   to ensure you are not contaminating each other. You must
        building allowed the SRS Fire, Emergency Management,   navigate through their protective equipment efficiently to make
        Training, Radiological Protection, and Operations Departments   sure you keep them safe with a limited air supply,” said Terry.
        to simulate emergency response to a fire in an SRS facility.
                                                               For Aiken Technical College Nuclear Fundamentals Program
        This annual training allows Radiation Protection personnel to   graduate and SRNS Radiation Inspector Tracy Burke, the day-
        gain a better understanding of how bunker gear is worn and   long training allowed her to learn from the industry’s best. “My
        receive hands-on training of how to remove a firefighter from   nuclear fundamentals studies gave me a good head start in the
        their bunker gear in a safe manner. In turn, firefighters become   classroom and facility drills, but today it all came together for
        familiar with the surveying process and movement through   me. Our instructors really know their jobs, and they tell us ‘why’
        step-down decontamination zones. The knowledge transfer and   to help us understand,” Burke said.
        experience gained through the drill is invaluable to emergency
        response at SRS.                                       Live burn training is a critical part of the instruction and
                                                               certification process for firefighters. Giving firefighters
        More than 250 site employees participated in the four-day   instruction in a hands-on, live fire experience is an excellent
        training held in March. The center’s “smoke house” simulated   means of training and constant skills updating is essential to
        a real-world scenario, where firefighters dressed in full bunker   efficient performance. SRS firefighters work with Operations
        gear entered a burn building, extinguished the fire and rescued   and Emergency Management in the field doing daily work, but
        a “victim” from the building. Radiological Protection Inspectors   routinely in an emergency environment.
        assisted firefighters in delivering the (manikin) victim safely
        from the contamination area to a clean area or “cold” zone   “Hands-on training is the best,” said SRS firefighter Dan Wilder.
        for ambulance transport. The firefighters are directed to the   “It really sinks in when you’re wearing your Personal Protective
        decontamination line and inspectors are responsible for removing   Equipment,” Wilder said.
        the firefighters from supplied air to negative pressure and
        assisting the firefighters out of their bunker gear.     Photo: SRS firefighters and radiological inspectors take part in live burn training.
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