WASHINGTON, DC --- U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Conference Committee approval of $17 million in additional funds for the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The funds were included in the Supplemental Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2001.Sen. Shelby said, "The Conference has agreed that the National Center for Domestic Preparedness is the cornerstone of our nations' emergency responder training facilities. The $17 million included in this legislation– in addition to the $18.716 approved earlier-- will allow the Center to reach its maximum training capacity, so that we may respond to terrorist attacks quickly and effectively."
"This level of funding is extremely important because it will allow the Center to train 10,000 first responders a year, up from the 3,500 that they are currently able to accommodate. These first responders include law enforcement personnel, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel who are trained by the Center for Domestic Preparedness to prevent and respond to incidents of domestic terrorism."
"In times like these, the importance of first responders becomes evident. The professionals trained at Ft. McClellan's Center for Domestic Preparedness are trained to respond and react to terrorist attacks such as the events of September 11th."
Senator Shelby secured $18.716 in funding for the Center in the Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2002, which passed earlier this year. This funding, plus the $17 million included in the Supplemental Appropriations bill equals a total of $35.716 million for the Center for Domestic Preparedness.