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CGTC First to Offer MERRTT (Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training)

MACON, GA--Central Georgia Technical College recently became the first college in the U.S. to offer the Department of Energy's Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training (MERRTT).

The MERRTT class is an elective offered to students in the Emergency Management program at Central Georgia Technical College. The class is designed for students who have already completed courses in Emergency Planning, Exercise Design, and Hazardous Materials.

In addition to their regular course work and lectures, students attend a four hour hands-on class where they are given an opportunity to use radiological survey instruments to identify radioactive materials. Students examine various shipping packages to identify contents and determine whether or not any internal damage is causing a higher than normal exterior reading of radiation levels. They also practice performing decontamination on one of their classmates, following all safety precautions to avoid spreading gross contamination to an ambulance or hospital.

Students graduating with a degree or diploma in Emergency Management will be prepared to enter the Emergency Management field as planners, safety officers, field coordinators, training officers, or emergency managers. The specific radiological training provided by the MERTT class gives students more specialized training than is currently required by state Certified Emergency Manager standards.

Submitted by Rebecca Ledford
January 7, 2005

 

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