Poughkeepsie… County Executive William R. Steinhaus thanked and congratulated the Dutchess County Legislature Monday afternoon for passing the funding legislation he requested for the improvements to the Emergency Response Training Center located on Creek Road in the Town of Hyde Park. The Master Plan was presented to the Legislature by Mr. Steinhaus in September. Review of the plan was conducted by the public safety and budget committees over the past two months.
“This is a significant and necessary upgrade to our Emergency Response training and the Command and Control Center” said County Executive Steinhaus. “I applaud the overwhelming approval by the legislature. This will enable us to provide quality training for our Dutchess County professional and volunteer emergency responders and to create a state-of-the-art communications and control center to monitor day-to-day emergencies as well as major disasters,” he concluded.
The Emergency Response Center Campus Master Plan the Executive developed calls for a three phased approach which will cost approximately $ 9-10 million. Phase One, approved today by the Legislature will require the issuance of bonds in the amount of $6,825,000.
The initial phase will include a 2-story addition for the Command and Control Center, creation of enhanced training facilities, upgrading some of the older facilities infrastructure including ADA compliance issues and demolition of some of the existing structures built in 1931. Work on Phase One is scheduled to be completed in the 2006-2007 timeframe.
“Our ability to integrate training and provide the opportunity for all responders to work together is a key component to successfully dealing with actual events,” said Executive Steinhaus. “In particular, the creation of a Hogan’s Alley for our county police teams, patterned after the FBI training concept, will be especially valuable.” The second and third phases, planned for the 2008 and 2009 time frame will include additional facilities and props for hands on training for fire, police and emergency technicians.
Combined with the other public safety initiatives announced by Mr. Steinhaus in his proposed 2006 County budget, there are a host of public safety projects which will benefit county residents.
“Today, we live in a world where we all must expect the unexpected. I believe it is a primary goal of County Government to protect our residents” said Executive Steinhaus. “The County Legislature’s passage of this resolution will help move us toward that goal.”