New emergency preparedness center to open in Ohio community
| 04.16.2007 | 07:31:44 | Views: 3072 | ID:
April 16 '07: The Toledo Free Press reported that with money from the Department of Homeland Security and the state of Ohio, the Owens Community College has built a 110-acre, $20.5 million emergency preparedness training facility for first responders near the Toledo area.
The Center for Emergency Preparedness "is built around different kinds of emergencies and accidents that most commonly occur and types of disasters Homeland Security handles," the Toledo Free Press reported according to statements made by Dr. Paul Unger, the executive vice president and provost of the community college.The Free Press reported that "The center can provide an 'unlimited' number of training scenarios that allow first responders to 'engage in real life applications during their training.'" Among the features of the center: "a flashover simulator, five-story burn building, tanker truck fire simulator, propane tank burn simulator, collapsed building tunnel system, confined space rescue area, gas station with car burn, dive and rescue pond and car extrication," the Toledo paper continued. Officials have said in addition to response service training, the center also will serve as a nexus for law enforcement and medical services training.
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