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Health Phys. 2007 Aug;93(2 Suppl):S139-43.

The expanding role in preparedness and response for a state radiation control program.

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  • 1Florida Bureau of Radiation Control, 4052 Bold Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1741, USA. bill_


Preparedness to respond to a radiological or nuclear event requires trained individuals starting at the local level. Training must encompass two broad audiences: those having expert knowledge of radiation protection principles and the general population of emergency responders who have varying levels of familiarity with these principles. Concern for the proper care of injured or contaminated individuals as the result of a significant radiological or nuclear incident has led Florida's Bureau of Radiation Control (BRC) to re-examine its preparedness and response efforts. This includes examining current roles and looking for other areas where the BRC's expertise can be used to train, advise, and support local emergency responders.

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