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Homeland Security Secretary Tours Louisville's MetroSafe Operation

Thursday October 7, 2010

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today toured Louisville’s MetroSafe emergency response and communications facility.

Napolitano who was joined by Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congressman John Yarmuth, also spent nearly an hour discussing public safety and security issues with about 40 local and state first responders including police, fire, EMS and others.

“We had a very good discussion with many key leaders of the Louisville area’s public safety community,” Napolitano said. Napolitano said she was impressed with the MetroSafe facility which combines all of Louisville’s emergency communications and response in a single, state-of-the-art facility.

Her discussion with local officials took place in MetroSafe’s Emergency Operations Center which provides a unified space for multiple agencies to plan responses to large-scale disasters.

The MetroSafe building in downtown Louisville includes a 911 dispatch center equipped to handle more than 1.2 million emergency calls a year. MetroSafe was completed earlier this year with the distribution of more than 5,000 radios to police, fire, EMS, health and many other responders in Louisville and surrounding counties.

Abramson thanked Napolitano for the $27 million in federal Homeland Security funds that helped fund MetroSafe. “This is a facility that is as modern and efficient as any in the nation, and it contributes greatly to the safety and security of our citizens,” Abramson said.