The role of this service is to take radiation readings in the event of a radiological incident. Members of the service are trained in many disciplines such as communication procedures as well as in the reporting of radiation readings.
The Radiation Service has a number of important and specific functions under the National Emergency Plan for Nuclear Accidents which include:
- Collecting samples of differing types including soil, water and vegetation, and transporting them to the laboratories of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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.