Texas A & M University: Texas Engineering Extension Service: National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center [open pdf - 44KB]
This Office for State and Local Domestic Preparedness Support (ODP) Fact Sheet describes the Texas A & M University National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center. The National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) was established by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) at Texas A&M University in the aftermath of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. Since then, significant resources have been invested in its existing infrastructure by the State of Texas and TEEX. The Conference Report for the 1999 Department of Justice (DOJ) Appropriations Act urged DOJ to use NERRTC at Texas A&M as a national training center to "prepare Federal, State, and local officials, including law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and other key agencies such as public works and emergency management agencies, to prepare for and respond to chemical, biological, or other terrorist acts." NERRTC, with a physical complex valued at over $125 million, integrates the well-established emergency response training programs and facilities of TEEX into a one-stop shop for domestic preparedness. Its mission is to prepare federal, state and local officials, including emergency first responders, to effectively respond to acts of terrorism caused by weapons of mass destruction (WMD).