Annex D: Radiological Protection

The purpose of this annex is to define organizational concepts, procedures and organization and to assign responsibilities for an effective operational radiological protection program for preparation and response in the event of a radiological emergency affecting a DCCCD facility. This plan will enable DCCCD to provide a coordinated response to emergencies involving radioactive materials and for determination and implementation of local measures to protect life, property and the environment during the course of the event.

Concept of Operations

A basic local radiation protection program consists of the Office of Emergency Management, fire, police, the local emergency operations center and an incident response capability that includes one or more radiological officers to manage the program including detection and communications. DCCCD does not have a radiological officers nor hazmat teams. The primary agency responsible for responding to a radiological event is the local fire department. Supporting agencies include the city emergency management office, county emergency management office, county fire marshal’s office, county public health department, county forensic science department and the Department of State Health Services, Radiation Control Program.

Once a radiological event occurs, responsibility for managing and directing the response is assigned to the local, on-scene incident commander. If activated, responsibility for coordinating external support is assigned to the EOC staff as led by the local fire department.