22. EMA Radiological Equipment

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency has started replacing their 50-year-old Cold War era radiation detection equipment with more modern instruments. County emergency management agencies are now receiving them. The new alpha/beta/gamma counter is the Ludlum Model 26-3. It‘s easier to use and more rugged than earlier meters.

What does this have to do with Amateur Radio? Licensees already know something about physics, as electronics is a component of this science. Few firefighters, police, paramedics and emergency managers, who would normally respond to a radiological incident, know as much about radiation as hams. ARES leadership and members approaching their county HazMat teams may find that their knowledge of radiation is a welcome addition to the team resource list.