The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center Training Site (REAC/TS) at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is always on call to provide expertise to medical providers and first responders worldwide regarding the medical aspects of a radiological or nuclear incident. As a DOE/NNSA deployable asset, REAC/TS can provide emergency response services in a radiological/nuclear event. Specialized response teams consist of physicians, nurse/paramedics and health physicists. Each team is comprised based on the needs of the response and is on call 24 hours a day/seven days a week.
REAC/TS maintains more than 45 years of experience providing emergency response and consultation on radiation illnesses and injuries
Teams at REAC/TS provide advice and subject matter expertise regarding rapid dose assessment, radiological and medical triage, diagnosis and medical management of radiological/nuclear incidents. REAC/TS response teams deploy with advanced medical equipment and remain up to date in advanced medical and trauma life support.
REAC/TS professionals engage in national level exercises, tabletop exercises and exercise events for other agencies and facilities that involve radiological/nuclear materials, providing expertise on medical management. In the event of an actual radiological/nuclear incident, health physicists from REAC/TS and ORISE can provide dose and event reconstruction, which are critical steps in understanding radiation exposure and determining appropriate treatments.
REAC/TS supports the international community as the only Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for radiation emergency management and participates in WHO Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network (REMPAN). REAC/TS is also an active member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Radiation Assistance Network (RANET).