As the five year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks approaches, Illinois officials put the state’s impressive emergency response capabilities on display at the annual Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s conference this week.
Two dozen exhibits feature emergency response equipment, vehicles and special response teams developed through the state’s homeland security program. More than 800 emergency management professionals from throughout Illinois are attending the annual conference in Springfield, which offers classes and presentations to help them keep abreast of issues in emergency management.
“As we approach the five year anniversary of 9/11, the victims and their families are still in our thoughts and prayers. The anniversary also serves as a reminder that we must remain vigilant and continue to build our arsenal to prevent and fight terrorism.
This week in Springfield, we are putting our strong commitment to homeland security on display. Our special teams and equipment demonstrate that Illinois is ready to respond to a terrorist attack and protect our communities. And, we continue to improve upon these assets as we seek new ways to provide the best possible protection for the people of our state,” said Gov. Blagojevich.
Illinois’ response capabilities are highlighted in 24 exhibits that include several of the state’s special response teams, such as the State Weapons of Mass Destruction Team (SWMDT), the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System’s regional special response team, the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team (IMERT), the Urban Search and Rescue Team, a Level-A HAZMAT Team, a Technical Rescue Team, and the Illinois National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package.