Volunteers developing co-operation through an emergency drill
The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) and the municipality of Nurmijärvi are organizing an emergency drill on the weekend of 16–17 November 2019. Participants in the drill include a radiation measurement team and several third-sector organizations. The drill will take place in Rajamäki.
A radiation measurement team consisting of volunteers is getting together with Nurmijärvi’s regional emergency response centre (AVAK), the Finnish Red Cross, the Voluntary Rescue Service and Save the Children Finland to practise the activities needed at a radiation measurement center.
In addition to measuring the radioactivity of humans, the team will test procedures related to self-decontamination, data registration and crisis support in realistic conditions and locations.
More than one hundred people are expected to participate in the weekend’s drill.
The voluntary radiation measurement team has been trained for an extensive radiation emergency. The training was organized by STUK in co-operation with the National Defence Training Association of Finland (MPK) and the National Emergency Supply Agency.
“So far, over sixty volunteers have committed to the team’s activities after completing the basic course,” says Section Head Jukka Sovijärvi from STUK.
The team’s basic training was started in 2018. The next training will be a course organized by MPK next spring.
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Press release by the municipality of Nurmijärvi: The municipality of Nurmijärvi and STUK to organize an emergency preparedness drill in November (in Finnish) (Nurmijarvi.fi, The link opens in a new tab)