October 23, 2006

Fifth annual Homeland Security Conference to be held in Albuquerque this week

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The fifth annual statewide Homeland Security Conference will be held Oct. 24-26 at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North (5151 San Francisco Rd. NE).

The gathering will feature nationally renowned experts talking about preparing for, preventing, and responding to the threat of a terrorist attack. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) will serve as keynote speaker along with Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, Rio Rancho Mayor Kevin Jackson and Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White.

Federal, state, local, and tribal personnel responsible for public safety are scheduled to attend the conference. Attendees include many groups involved in law enforcement, emergency response, hospitals, corrections facilities, and military.

Since its start in 2001 more than 2000 public safety personnel from more than 200 agencies in 40 states have taken advantage annual training. A wide array of first responders have attended including law enforcement, military, fire fighters, medical and other emergency response personnel who would be first on the scene of a terrorist attack. For more information, visit

Conference sponsors include Sandia, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico Tech, Albuquerque Police Department, University of New Mexico Center for Disaster Medicine, New Mexico Department of Public Safety Office of Emergency Management, TRC Security, Neves Uniforms and Equipment, Graphic Connection, Bright Ideas Promotional Products Galore, Johnny Boards LLC, Kelly’ Brewery, NM Environmental Department, NM Paramedic and Firefighter News, UNM CIRT, UNM Athletic Department, and FedEx Kinkos.

News media wishing to cover the event should contact Stephanie Holinka in Sandia’s Media Relations Office at (505) 284-9227 or in advance to arrange for credentials.

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Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Sandia news media contact: Stephanie Holinka,, (505) 284-9227