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    Post Homeland Security/National Fire Academy

    By DAVID DISHNEAU
    Associated Press Writer
    EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - Government spending to combat terrorism
    also makes hometowns safer from everyday catastrophes, Homeland
    Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday in a speech to emergency
    response trainers.
    When the government spends more on firefighter education and
    hardware, "they're better trained and better equipped to do what
    they have done for hundreds of years, and that's help people in
    peril on a daily basis," Ridge told about 300 faculty members and
    students at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg.
    Ridge visited the mountaintop campus and its National Fallen
    Firefighters Monument one day after his agency announced it has
    made more than $4.4 billion dollars in grant funding available
    since March 1, much of it earmarked for firefighters and other
    first responders.
    Ridge has been trying to counter criticism that the federal
    government isn't funding security improvements it has mandated
    around the country.
    In addition, some cities, including New York, complained earlier
    this year that big municipalities were getting less anti-terrorism
    money per capita than small towns. Those complaints prompted Ridge
    to order changes in the way the government distributes federal aid.
    In his remarks Thursday, Ridge said increased spending on
    training helps every community.
    "The more we train and the more we practice, the better we get
    at responding to real-life crises," he said.
    The grant funding since March 1 includes $2 billion for
    equipment, training, planning and exercise. It also includes $750
    million in firefighter grants, up from $360 million the previous
    year.
    The National Fire Academy, a part of the National Emergency
    Training Center, had to fight in April for restoration of training
    funds the Bush administration had cut as part of an
    across-the-board reduction at the Federal Emergency Management
    Agency. The academy temporarily canceled dozens of courses, all but
    two of which have been restored, academy spokesman Tom Olshanski
    said.
    Ridge's visit included a wreath ceremony at the fallen
    firefighters monument and a tour of the classrooms. In one
    building, 28 students from around the country were deep into a
    weeklong exercise simulating a catastrophic hurricane along the
    East Coast.
    The center is run by the U.S. Fire Administration, a division of
    FEMA. About 16,000 students attend its on-campus resident courses
    annually. It also offers off-campus courses in other states to more
    than 85,000 students a year, and about 195,000 people take courses
    through its Web site.
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    U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov

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    Yeah, I saw that letter. I was scheduled for a class in July that was cancelled. Thankfully it's back on and I'll be attending it.

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