2/28/2007 12:00 AM
A large expansion to the Texas Engineering Extension Service's Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC) will commence with a groundbreaking ceremony at Disaster City® Thursday, March 1, at 11 a.m.
The 15,500-square-foot expansion will more than double the size of the EOTC, which serves as the home of one of the nation's top courses for computer-simulated incident management training. As part of TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), the EOTC uses unique simulation and computer-based technologies to train emergency managers and city officials in managing large-scale incidents through a unified command approach.
The expansion project includes the construction of a fully functioning Emergency Operations Center next to the existing Incident Command Post simulation facility, observation decks for exercise controllers, and two parking pads for mobile incident command units. The expansion will also support the delivery of a new Enhanced Emergency Operations Center course.
"This facility provides emergency managers, supervisors and public officials the skills they need to coordinate with local, state and federal multi-agency representatives during large, complex incident situations," said NERRTC Program Coordinator Mark Anderson. "With the new EOTC additions, TEEX will provide emergency managers with the most in-depth and technologically advanced training available into the future."
The expansion will allow for a simulation exercise to be conducted with the command post and operations center at the same time. Additional training options will include responders actually working simultaneously in Disaster City® with the incident being managed from within the EOTC.
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized training, technical assistance and emergency response services impacting Texas and beyond. Agency programs include fire services, homeland security, public safety and security, public works, safety and health, search and rescue and economic development.