Oct 07 2009

Shelby Restores CDP Funding

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R Ala.), a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced Conference Committee approval of the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. Included in this bill is $62.5 million for the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).  Following today’s action by the Conference Committee, the full Senate will now consider the legislation.  

After the House cut CDP’s funding by more than one-third, to $40 million, Senator Shelby fought to restore full funding to this critical training facility.  This funding will allow CDP to maintain its training capacity for first responders so that we respond to terrorist attacks quickly and effectively.  These first responders include law enforcement personnel, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel who are trained by CDP to prevent and respond to incidents of terrorism.
                                                           
"The CDP is the cornerstone of our nation's emergency responder training facilities,” said Shelby.  “Although the House of Representatives significantly and arbitrarily cut funding for the CDP in its version of the bill, I am proud to have worked to include full funding for the facility at $62.5 million.  This funding is vital to ensuring that our nation’s first responders can continue to train at the only civilian live-agent facility in the country.”

In addition to training our nation=s local first responders, the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston works closely with a number of federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Environmental Protection Agency, and others to develop new integrated counter-terrorism training programs.  This funding also provides for the integration of the Noble Training Center into the CDP.