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Monday, 20 May 2013
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Warden Service & Radiation Monitoring
Radiation monitoring has over the years been the main activity of the Warden Service. The Warden’s role is to take radioactive readings in the event of a radiological incident. Members of the service are trained in many disciplines such as communication procedures and leadership techniques as well as in the reporting of radioactive readings.
Civil Defence operates two types of Radiation Detection and Monitoring equipment. One is a low-level radiation detector which can measure down to normal background radiation levels and would be used primarily to detect and measure radioactive fallout resulting from a nuclear industrial accident, such as occurred at Chernobyl.
The second type of instrument would be used to detect and measure the far higher levels of radioactive fallout resulting from nuclear detonations in war.
The Warden Service has a number of important and specific functions under the National Emergency Plan for Nuclear Accidents which include:
· Conducting static radiation monitoring from a number of fixed points around the country.
· Collecting samples of differing types including soil, water and vegetation, and transporting them to the laboratories of the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) and other designated laboratories for analysis.
· Conducting mobile monitoring in each of the local authority areas.
· Assisting, where required, in the implementation of control measures.
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