New center aims to keep residents safe from bioterrorism attack

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The New York Medical College is making major investments in its Valhalla facility, hoping to become a leader in bioterrorism and disaster training.

The college unveiled the new center devoted to helping train medical professionals and first responders how to identify, manage and treat victims of biological and chemical attacks.

The facility, which is being run out of the medical college, will be called the Center for Excellence. Officials say it will offer the kind of repetitive specialized training normally only available at military facilities.

Dr. Robert Almer says his goal is to make sure first responders can handle any disaster that could arise.

"If you don't practice, what you learn, suffers and begins to fade away," he says.

The center is coming to fruition due to large grants from state politicians.

Officials say they hope it’s fully operational in a couple of months.

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