9/9/2004 12:00 AM
Lt. Col. Oliver North’s (far right in photo) weekly Fox News Channel show, “War Stories,” will feature the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Disaster City on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., as part of a profile on how the nation is protecting its homeland.
The program was filmed on location in College Station on Aug. 26, and will give Americans an inside look at how emergency responders train in the event of a terrorist attack such as 9/11. It will also feature North’s commentary on other training initiatives conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness.
Disaster City was envisioned shortly after the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla. TEEX’s goal was to create a state-of-the-art urban search and rescue training facility featuring everything from collapsed strip malls to major passenger train catastrophes. The agency is home to the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center and Texas Task Force 1, the renowned search and rescue team.
“The emergency response training resources that are found within TEEX and the entire Texas A&M University System are unmatched anywhere,” said Vice Chancellor and Dean of Engineering Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, who was interviewed by North for the FOX News feature. “Hopefully, this segment will be reassuring for Americans once they see what is happening behind the scenes to keep the nation safe. The community and the A&M System should take great pride in knowing that many of these homeland security efforts are happening right here in Bryan-College Station.”
North was a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and is currently a No.1 best-selling author and syndicated columnist, as well as a radio show host and noted public speaker.
The filming of “War Stories” at Disaster City marks one of several events during September, which has been designated as National Domestic Preparedness Month by The Department of Homeland Security, America Prepared Campaign, American Red Cross, National Association of Broadcasters and U.S. Department of Education.
National Domestic Preparedness Month will launch Sept. 9 at the United States Capitol, providing Americans with emergency preparedness techniques, communications plans and enhanced threat awareness.
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond.