Congressman Edwards Touts A&M Homeland Security Program

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Homeland security was the topic of discussion during a press conference Wednesday held by District 17 Representative Chet Edwards.

Edwards toured the Emergency Operations Training Center at the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NEERTC), a part of the Texas A&M University System's Texas Engineering Extension Service or TEEX.

"The Texas A&M System is a vital national leadership role in defending our homeland from the threat of terrorism as well as national disaster," Edwards said. "We must work together to maintain that national leadership role."

Edwards worked to prevent drastic cuts to NEERTC, that would have jeopardized training for 40,000 emergency personnel from across the country.

Since it's inception in 1998, NEERTC has delivered over 5,101 Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism incident courses nationally to over 204,247 emergency responders. The courses were delivered to over 8,200 local and state jurisdictions.