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Kentucky Homeland Security Chief Meets with Louisville’s Emergency Responders

Friday February 15, 2008

Mayor: Closer state, local partnership will improve public safety

The leader of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security met today with Louisville’s emergency response leaders to build a stronger state and local partnership to improve public safety.

“Listening to our local first responders is crucial to developing a stronger plan for security priorities in Louisville and across the Commonwealth,” said Adam Edelen, Executive Director of KOHS.

Mayor Jerry Abramson, who hosted the “security summit,” said it’s important for local emergency response leaders to work in tandem with KOHS to set priorities for security improvements and to access additional federal funding for those projects.

With the support of KOHS and federal representatives, Louisville was recently restored to the list of major cities eligible for priority funding through the Urban Area Security Initiative.

Louisville has been awarded millions of dollars in recent years in UASI funding, which helped pay for elements of the MetroSafe Emergency Communications Network and other public safety improvements.

During the summit, Edelen provided an update on federal and state homeland security efforts and discussed issues raised by Louisville’s first responders.

Abramson praised the leadership of Gov. Steve Beshear and the partnership with his KOHS team. “We look forward to working with leaders who recognize the unique needs of the largest city in the Commonwealth and who are committed to helping us make it a safer place,” he said.