Emergency management, BEE conduct ‘rad’ training
By Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 04, 2018
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The 20th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management flight and the 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight conducted joint radiological training, Aug. 29.
The units, which are responsible for responding to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents, practiced team skills, conducted refresher training and encouraged cohesion between the units.
Staff Sgt. Stefanie Nakoneczny-Wood, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of emergency management plans, said the joint training allows the flights to work out any kinks and ensure everyone is on the same page.
In the event of a radiological incident, emergency management would work along with BEE as well as other first responders to suit up, set up a decontamination line and run a survey for radiation.
“We just want to knock out any misunderstanding between flights since we’d be responding together anyways in a real-world situation,” said Nakoneczny-Wood.
The first portion of the training consisted of classroom instruction on radiation including detection equipment, safety gear and surveying technique.
During the hands-on training, teams comprised of both BEE and emergency management Airmen donned personal protective equipment and put together ADM-300 multi-functional survey meters. The squads then responded to a simulated radiological incident, surveying 360 degrees around the site and setting up a decontamination line.
“It does strengthen our relationship with emergency management,” said Airman 1st Class Bryanna Garcia, 20th AMDS BEE technician. “It helps us know who to get in contact with to plan further training, so we can be aware of who we’re working with so we’re not meeting them for the first time and it helps us plan for worst-case scenario.”
Team Shaw first responders collaborate to prepare for anything, anytime, anywhere. By training together, the units help form bonds between Airmen allowing for better communication and smoother processes in the event of an emergency.