Test Track Eyed for Preparedness Consortium

Pueblo center could be used for transit center preparedness

"This is a very elite group of institutions, which I believe will be strengthened by what TTC can add with its training and preparedness offerings," Allard said. "It is regarded as the 'graduate school' of hazmat training because of its focus on hands-on, true-to-life, training exercises on actual rail vehicles, including tank cars and passenger rail cars.

"The distinctive environment of TTC allows testing and training activities to be carried out at a remote Colorado location without disruption to the flow of passenger and rail traffic in and around urban areas. Its inclusion in the consortium presents a unique opportunity to enhance technology and training that will improve our nation's ability to prevent, minimize and respond to potential terrorist attacks similar to those recently seen in London and Madrid."

The Center for Domestic Preparedness in Fort McClellan, Ala., which provides advanced, hands-on training to members of the emergency response community in the areas of command, advanced hazmat and tactical operations.

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, serving as the lead partner for explosives, firearms and incendiary devices training.

Louisiana State University, providing training and expertise in the areas of law enforcement, bioterrorism, agricultural terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and mass casualty incidents.

Texas A&M University System, offering national weapons of mass destruction preparedness training for all emergency response disciplines, and a structural collapse technician course to build state capabilities for urban search and rescue operations.

The Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site that conducts radiological and nuclear training via mobile training teams, and conducts train-the-trainer courses for first responders across the country.

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