May 4, 2004

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Contact: Ed Pavey, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, KU Continuing Education, (620) 694-1400.

KU receives grant for homeland security training, communication statewide

LAWRENCE -- Law enforcement and fire service agencies across Kansas will receive more homeland security training and greater access to emergency communications through a $993,500 U.S. Department of Justice grant awarded to the University of Kansas. The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and the Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute, units of KU Continuing Education, will administer the grant, which was endorsed by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas.

The grant calls for Primedia's Homeland One First Responder Training and Communication Network to be installed at 319 Kansas law enforcement and fire services agencies across the state. Primedia's Homeland One will supplement the terrorism-response training already delivered to firefighters and law enforcement officers through the Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute at KU Continuing Education and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson.

Primedia is a Texas-based "targeted media company" with several divisions that offer educational and training products including Homeland One, a terrorism response training curriculum and communications network.

Primedia developed customized training modules modeled after National Interagency Incident Management Systems and based on the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) First Responder Training Guidelines and Standardized Emergency Management System standards.

In addition to training, Primedia's Homeland One First Responder Network will be used to brief first responders during emergencies. Kansas will receive four hours of broadcast time over the network each month. These monthly broadcasts may be used for incident response, command briefings or coordination of state resources. Kansas also will be able to receive statewide secure communications directly from the Department of Homeland Security, which launched a similar network with Primedia more than five years ago.

"First responders play a vital role in the state of Kansas, and they will now be able to use cutting-edge technology to ensure that they perform at their best levels," said Brownback. "This program will provide our first responders with the training they need to serve Kansans during emergencies. I am excited to see the implementation and impact of this new system and how it will benefit our communities."

JoAnn Smith, vice provost for university outreach and dean of continuing education at KU, said, "The University of Kansas has been a recognized leader in providing law enforcement and fire service training for more than 60 years. The safety of Kansans is paramount to both the Law Enforcement Training Center and the Fire and Rescue Training Institute missions. We have expertise and an excellent infrastructure for this critical boost to the state's existing training and communication capabilities."

"Our Homeland One First Responder Network is the first initiative of its kind to take the guidelines provided by the ODP and turn them into a complete curriculum in weapons of mass destruction to be deployed in statewide systems," said Bryan Mossey, vice president of Primedia's Homeland One. "We're proud to be serving Kansas' first-responder community and look forward to educating agencies and deploying more sites across the country in the coming months."

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