Burbank, California purchases biodetection equipment

The city of Burbank, California, has made a purchase order with Universal Detection Technology for bioterrorism detection equipment, including the company's 5-agent detection kit.

The order, placed following an independent congressional report that took to task the U.S. government for its failure to respond to the growing, serious threat of bioterrorism, is part of a continuing awareness of the growing threat of bioterrorism.

The January report was issued by the bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. The commission gave an "F" letter grade to the government for failure to “enhance the nation’s capabilities for rapid response to prevent biological attacks from inflicting mass casualties.”

“The order from the Burbank Fire Department and the recent order from the U.S. Army indicate the growing awareness of the threat of bioterrorism within the first responder community,” Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology, said. “Our goal is to continue to supply first responders and the military with the most advanced, high-performance bioagent detection equipment available in the market."

The city of Burbank, which is located north of downtown Los Angeles, is home to several major Hollywood studios, including ABC, NBC, Nickelodeon, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros.

The city, with a population of 105,000, is also home to the Bob Hope Airport, which services 4.9 million travelers per year.