(Washington D.C.)– Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that $1 million will be allocated to support the construction of a new Emergency Operations Center in Sprague, Washington as part of the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

The new center will replace an existing building that is suffering from structural damage to the roof and cracks along the walls. Lincoln County Fire District #1 responds to emergency calls from travelers along the I-90 corridor, for which it receives no revenues.  This funding will provide the initial support to replace the current building.

“First responders in Lincoln County need a new Emergency Operations Center to keep doing their jobs well and the area safe,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Moving forward with this critical project will mean more prepared and efficient responses to emergencies in the region.”

Senator Murray is a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.