Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
November 16, 2005  
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Announces $150,000 For Los Angeles County First Responder Training At Rio Hondo College  

Washington, D.C. - Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today announced the Senate has approved her request for $150,000 for the Los Angeles County First Responder Training Program at Rio Hondo College.

“Rio Hondo College and the Los Angeles Police Chiefs Association will help provide our first responders with the advanced training they need to respond to a terrorist attack,” Boxer said. “I am pleased that the Senate agreed to fund the Laser Village Training Center to ensure our first responders are adequately prepared.”

The funding will be used to support Rio Hondo College’s Homeland Security Training Institute and Laser Village Training Center. The College, along with the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, will train first responders in incident preparedness management.

The Laser Village Training Center will utilize the latest simulation technology to train emergency personnel. First responders will be trained with the newest equipment, including laser firearms training, mapping and video technology, and target systems.

Boxer obtained this funding through her request in the final version of the Commerce, Justice and State Appropriations Bill. The bill will now go to the President for his signature.