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3/8/2007



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Senator seeks to include TTCI in DHS' domestic preparedness consortium



Last month, Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) introduced an amendment to the Improving America’s Security Act of 2007 (S. 4) that would make the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI) part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC).

An Association of American Railroads subsidiary, TTCI operates a 52-square-mile multi-modal testing and training facility owned by the Federal Railroad Administration. TTCI also operates the Emergency Response Training Center. The NDCP is a coalition of institutions that provide specialized training to first responders nationwide.

“TTCI … would fill a critical gap in our country’s emergency preparedness,” said Allard in a prepared statement. “The NDPC currently does not include a facility that is uniquely focused on emergency preparedness within the railroad and mass transit environment.”

Allard also sent a letter to U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) and Daniel Lungren (R-Calif.), who serve on the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure Protection, asking they consider including a provision in the Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007 (H.R. 1269) that would allow TTCI to become part of the NDPC.

Allard already secured language in the Public Transportation Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 to include TTCI as an eligible expense for newly created transit security grants.

Meanwhile, TTCI’s Bureau of Explosives (BOE) will mark its 100th anniversary at the 20th Annual AAR/BOE Hazardous Materials Seminar to be held May 22-24 in Kansas City, Mo. The BOE was founded in 1907 by the railroad industry as a self-policing agency charged with promoting the safe transportation of explosives and other hazardous materials.


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