TEEX has received $3 million in federal funding for the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC).
NERRTC received $1 million for equipment through a congressional appropriation under the First Responder Equipment Acquisition Program. An additional $2 million was awarded through the Office of Justice Programs’ Anti-Terrorism State and Local Training Grants. NERRTC has been designated a national center for training emergency first responders and federal, state and local officials to prepare for and respond to acts of terrorism caused by weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs, Laurie Robinson, visited College Station in November and toured the Emergency Response and Rescue Training Field, Brayton Fire Training Field, Riverside campus and the Center for Instructional Technologies (CIT).
TEEX was one of five members of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium to receive federal funding through the Office of Justice Programs/Office of State and Local Domestic Preparedness Support. The other consortium members are the National Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, the National Center for Bio-Medical Research and Training at Louisiana State University, the National Exercise, Test and Training Center at the Nevada Test Site, and the Center for Domestic Preparedness at Ft. McClellan, Ala.
Dr. K. Lee Peddicord has been named director for NERRTC, and John W. “Bill” May Jr. is the director of training and operations.
TEEX is gearing up to train first responders to deal with WMD, May said. Classes on Tactical Emergency Medical Services have been offered, and members of the consortium have validated a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Awareness Course, which is offered over the internet, he added. Additional classes on Threat Assessment, WMD Incident Management, and EMS will be offered in the next few months. The classes are offered in conjunction with the Law Enforcement and Security and Fire Protection training divisions. Assistance with web-based training has been provided by TEEX Communications/CIT.
“NERRTC is an excellent opportunity for TEEX to draw upon the strengths and demonstrated history of the agency to work in conjunction with the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium and the Office of Justice Programs to meet a clear and pressing national need to train first responders for incidents involving weapons of mass destruction,” Peddicord said. “As is always the case for TEEX, the capabilities of our trainers will be of the highest quality.”