Patrick MoussignacJul 9, 2018, 10:47 am

Bioterrorism response center in Valhalla to receive $750K to expand its programs

Facility at New York Medical College offers training to first responders via emergency scenarios


VALHALLA — Money from the state is headed to a center at the New York Medical College to help expand its programs aimed at keeping residents safe from a bioterrorism attack. The recipient of the $750,000 will be the Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Response to Bioterrorism and Disasters.

According to, college officials and members of the state legislature will also join members of the law enforcement community on Tuesday to announce the $750,000 in new funding. The announcement will also detail exactly which programs will be expanded, and how the money will be divided to expand those programs.

As FiOS1 News reported last year when the center officially opened its doors, the center is a state-of-art training facility full of different mannequins for first responder training in several simulated emergency scenarios. At the opening, Director Michael Riley discussed the importance of such a training center here in the region.

"Whether it's during a situation where a SWAT team is actually providing care under fire in an active shooter situation like we’re seen, unfortunately, so many times over the past several days, months and even the past several years, we can simulate those environments in some of our specialty training centers here at the college and provide first responders a venue to train like they haven’t trained before,” Riley said.

The center is the first of its kind in the Lower Hudson Valley region that's also funded by the state.

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