Legislative action by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has restored funding to the agency that funds the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg to pre-sequester levels.
During Wednesday floor debate on H.R. 2217, the appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security, Congressman Delaney joined Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) in offering an amendment that restored fiscal year 2014 funding to the United States Fire Administration (USFA) to pre-sequester levels. Under the amendment, funds are moved from the Department of Homeland Security's management account to the USFA, which oversees the NETC. There is no additional cost to the taxpayer.
The Reichert/Delaney amendment passed by voice vote. The full DHS appropriations bill, H.R. 2217, passed on Wednesday.
"In Western Maryland, we train America's heroes. Firefighters from around the country are trained in Frederick County. Fully maintaining the facilities in Emmitsburg is in the nation's best interest," said Congressman John Delaney. "The NETC training facility in Emmitsburg is an essential part of our public safety infrastructure. Our amendment restores full funding to the United States Fire Administration so that we can continue to provide world-class training to firefighters in Emmitsburg. I'm pleased that this amendment passed and I thank Rep. Reichert for his work on this legislation."
The 107 acre campus in Emmitsburg is the only facility of its kind in the United States. In Emmitsburg, firefighters receive on-site training on fire safety methods, hazardous materials management, first-response techniques to fires, natural disasters, and terrorism.