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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

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$17.8 Million for Maryland First Responders, For the City of Baltimore, MARC, & MDOT

Nov 20, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland) is pleased to announce that Maryland is receiving $17.8 million from the federal government for first responders.

The City of Baltimore is slated to receive a $16 million grant to enhance the city's security and preparedness to prevent, respond, and recover from acts of terrorism. Baltimore was chosen based on a formula that takes into account critical infrastructure, population density, and credible threat information.

MARC is scheduled to receive a $1 million grant and the Maryland Department of Transportation is set to receive an $800,000 grant to beef up security. These funds can be used to install barricades, video surveillance devices, motion detectors, thermal imagery, chemical/radiological material detection systems, and integrated communications systems. The money can also be used for prevention planning, training, and related exercises.

"This money is incredibly important to help Maryland prevent and prepare for a terrorist attack. It will help Baltimore and the rest of the state increase security on MARC trains, on our roads, and around other critical facilities to protect our communities and our families. But this is only the beginning. I will continue to fight for more money for Maryland in Washington, DC," said Congressman Ruppersberger.

The grants are administered through the Department of Homeland Security.