Mobile Lab Helps State Respond To Attacks, Disasters

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, September 15, 2005

"It’s my pleasure to join you today as we’re unveiling the state’s emergency mobile laboratory."

California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Alan Lloyd says the Ford-built utility truck is equiped with state of the art analytical instruments and a satellite. "And you can see the mobile lab puts California on the cutting edge of disaster response."

Using the new lab, scientists like Alan Fryhofer with the Department of Toxic Substances Control will now be able to analyze samples on the scene of a terror attack or natural disaster and send the results to decision makers via satellite. "It’s good to have some nice equipment. It makes doing the job easier and safer as well."

California’s Director of Homeland Security – Matthew Bettenhausen – says it’s one of the only facilities of its kind in the country. "We’re going to be able to save lives with this and better inform and and equip are first responders because we’ll know what is actually going on in the situation by being able to deploy this immediately."

The lab was paid for with a $1 Million federal Homeland Security grant. South Carolina and New York are the only other states thave have similar mobile labs.