First Responder Air Monitoring: A Primer for Health Physicists


T. F. O'Connell, S. P. Clendenin


The first rule of response is to make sure everyone comes home for supper at the end of the day. The most important component of any response system is the people who respond. The first individual to arrive at the incident will be from the local jurisdiction. One of the first steps to perform is an assessment of the incident. Air quality and air monitoring are critical pieces of the information that must be considered by the incident commander in the development of the incident strategy. Health physicists would benefit from a primer outlining the capabilities, equipment, and types of measurements performed by first responders so that they can better serve the needs of the first responder community.


This abstract was presented at the 37th Annual Midyear Meeting, "Air Monitoring and Internal Dosimetry", Homeland Security and Air Monitoring Session, 2/8/2004 - 2/11/2004, held in Augusta, GA.

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