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New crisis response center unveiled at LAX

January 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Los Angeles International Airport is now better prepared to deal with any type of emergency. Airport officials dedicated a new $13.9 million crisis operations center Monday.The ribbon cutting ceremony at LAX officially opened up a brand new way to protect passengers in the Southland.

A nerve center for LAX, the state of the art facility located on the airport's westside brings local and federal agencies under one roof to improve response time in the event of an emergency.

"Safety must be our top priority," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "And when faced with unpredictable incidence, it is our obligation to emerge from the chaos and manage the crisis quickly, effectively, and with expert coordination."

Officially named the Airport Response Coordination Center (ARCC), it boasts the latest technology. Staffed work stations enhance situational awareness and large wall-mounted monitors display live camera views from all over the airport.

Construction began in 2009, and despite a hefty price tag, funding never touched the city's general fund. The center took 15 months to complete and was paid for using grant money and airport revenue.

City officials say the end result is priceless. It is a streamlined center that shares information faster than ever before with local and federal agencies, like airport police and the TSA, sharing the same space.

"The agencies that are participating in the ARCC recognize what a critical step this is in enhancing an already exceptional security posture at LAX," said TSA Federal Security Director Randall Parsons.

The center created hundreds of new jobs at LAX, and will operate around the clock to provide an efficient and safer way to travel.