A Call for Better Equipment - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/3/02

A Call for Better Equipment

While commissioners deal with improving the jail, Attorney General John Cornyn is trying to improve the equipment First Responders are using.

Cornyn met with Lubbock County Sheriff's deputies, police officers, and other emergency workers on Tuesday. Cornyn wants to increase federal funding for first responders across Texas. He says with the possibility of another terrorist attack the men and women who are first on the scene need to be better prepared. One of the First Responders NewsChannel 11 spoke to could not agree more.

"We're always needing new equipment updating what we do have fortunately we just got onto the new 800 system. We can communicate with LPD directly an that's really going to be a big plus for us out there on the streets. We get into some trouble we can always get back up in a heartbeat," said Barry Joplin, Deputy Sheriff, L.S.O.

The money would come from a $3.5-billion plan put together by President Bush.

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