Jun 18 2009

Shelby Announces CDP Funding

.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced committee approval of the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations bill.  Following today’s action by the committee, the bill will now go to the Senate floor for consideration. 
                                                           
Center For Domestic Preparedness   $62.5 Million
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 request also reflects the integration of the Noble Training Center into the CDP. 

"Since the September 11, 2001, attacks on our country, the importance of skilled first responders has become increasingly evident.  The Center for Domestic Preparedness provides the necessary training for professionals to rapidly respond and react to terrorist attacks or natural disasters," said Shelby.

"The CDP is the cornerstone of our nation's emergency responder training facilities,” said Shelby.  “The $62.5 million provided in this bill will ensure that our nation’s first responders can continue to train at the only civilian live-agent facility in the country.  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."