Subject Matter Expertise on Medical Management of Radiation Incidents REAC/TS radiation emergency medicine experts are on call 24 hours a day/7 days a week

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).

Wayne Baxter, REAC/TS nurse/paramedic

REAC/TS Nurse/Paramedic Wayne Baxter presents at the District 2 Area Command Workshop

REAC/TS Nurse/Paramedic Wayne Baxter participated in the District 2 Area Command Workshop, sponsored by Tennessee District 2 Homeland Security, on Dec. 2, 2021. This program brought together representatives from fire, rescue, EMS, law enforcement, and emergency management to discuss the provision of resources and assets to the incident commander in multijurisdictional complex events. This meeting was part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack (CCTA) Grant.


REAC/TS' Angie Bowen receives Region II EMS President's Award

REAC/TS Nurse/Paramedic Angie Bowen received the Region II EMS President’s Award, presented during the Region II EMS Directors Association Conference held Nov. 3-5, 2021 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Bowen was cited for her many years of dedication and service to prehospital emergency medical response professionals. Bowen has worked in EMS for more than 30 years and continues to serve the EMS community through her role at REAC/TS.

*Pictured with Brad Phillips, Region II EMS Directors Association President and Steve Hamby, Tennessee Department of Health, Division of EMS Regional Consultant