WASHINGTON D.C. — On Wednesday August 9th, U.S. Representative Chet Edwards will be in College Station to tout and tour the Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC) at the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), a part of the Texas A&M University System’s Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). In June, Edwards announced that $22 million had been approved by the U.S. House for 2007 homeland security training and projects at NERRTC, which reversed a $15 million proposed cut under the Administration’s 2007 homeland security budget. The Administration’s budget would have reduced the number of students trained at NERRTC every year from 40,000 to 9,000.
As he did last year, Edwards coordinated a bipartisan support letter signed by members of the Texas delegation to the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee chairman recommending increased funding for NERRTC. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Edwards has played a key role in Congress overseeing key homeland defense programs that protect America against natural disasters or acts of terrorism and believes that NERRTC is a vital homeland security program.
Police, firefighters, and EMS personnel come from across the country to receive first responder training at the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) at Texas A&M in College Station. NERRTC funding has been singled out as a top public policy priority by the Texas A&M University System. NERRTC is one of 5 members of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) who have faced repeated budget cutbacks under Administration budget proposals.
On Wednesday, Rep. Edwards will join A&M System Chancellor Robert McTeer and TEEX Associate Agency Director Bill May to tour the Enhanced Incident Management/Unified Command course at the EOTC. This is NERRTC’s most popular training course, which attracts 40 emergency managers from across the country each month and teaches them how to respond to Hurricane Katrina-like incidents through a computer simulation.
The tour will be followed by a press conference. Media are invited to attend both the tour and press conference.