DOMENICI: N.M. TECH RECEIVES $20.8M FEMA TRAINING PARTNERSHIP

by Hannah Vanderbush, (202) 224-7073

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pete Domenici announced today that New Mexico Tech has been selected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a $20.8 million partnership to provide emergency first responder training as part of the FY2007 Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP).

New Mexico Tech will support the HSNTP by providing training in effective response to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) with a focus on explosives through its Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) program. New Mexico Tech offers three courses: Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings; Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombings; and Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents.

“Making sure our emergency personnel are prepared to handle national emergency issues is a large part of maintaining national safety and security,” said Domenici. “This partnership demonstrates New Mexico Tech’s innovative and effective approach to educating emergency response forces.”

New Mexico Tech’s CBRNE program has been in operation since 1998 and has trained over 200,000 law enforcement, fire and emergency medical personnel.

As a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Domenici supported $145 million in the Senate-passed FY2008 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to continue first responder training through the National Preparedness Consortium, of which he is a long-time supporter. As a member of the consortium, New Mexico Tech would receive $22 million. The program is headquartered at Fort McClellan, Ala. and includes New Mexico Tech, Texas A&M, the Nevada Test Site, and Louisiana State University.

The HSNTP program supports the National Preparedness Goal through specialized training to help emergency responders deal with terrorist incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive weapons of mass destruction.

Domenici is a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He is also a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which helps determine fiscal year spending plans for federal agencies and programs.

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