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Published 11/5/2003
Owens Partners With Emergency Management Agencies To Provide Educational Training, November 7-9

Area residents will learn the emergency training skills needed to help in responding to a natural disaster or terrorist attack as Owens Community College hosts a national Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Program, November 7-9.

Educational training for the three-day class will occur at the College’s Workforce and Community Services Division on Tracy Road in Northwood and Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center on the Toledo-area Campus.

“By partnering with several local emergency response agencies, Owens Community College has a great opportunity to impact how Northwest Ohio responds to a disaster,” said Linda Stacy, Owens Vice President of the Workforce and Community Services Division. “This new CERT Program will provide individuals with emergency training and skills that are essential to saving lives of other citizens.”

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 7, attendees will be given an overview about the national training program and learn the importance of teamwork following a natural disaster or terrorist attack. Friday’s session, which will be held at Owens’ Workforce and Community Services Division, concludes at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, November 8, individuals will receive instruction on administering first aid, disaster medical operations and ways to prepare for a disaster or terrorist attack. In addition, other topics highlighted will include identifying and responding to potential terrorism threats. The class is from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will occur at Owens’ Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center.

Course instruction is from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 9, and will focus on fire suppression, disaster psychology, fire safety and light search and rescue operations. The class will conclude with a Disaster Simulation and Field Exercise occurring in the College’s crime scenario house, which is adjacent to the Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center. The field exercise is from 2-5 p.m. and will serve as the final instructional training for the program.

The CERT Program is part of a unique collaboration between Owens Community College and the Lucas County Emergency Management Agency and safety forces. The program was established locally to heighten Northwest Ohio’s responsiveness in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. Owens ’ participation in the emergency training endeavor marks the first-ever involvement by a higher educational institution in the state of Ohio.

The partnership was initiated by the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department’s Bureau of Special Operations with the overall mission of training area residents to help one another following a catastrophic disaster. Other communities within Ohio currently offering the CERT Program include Delaware, Greene and Montgomery counties and the greater Cincinnati area.

Established in 1985, the CERT Program is dedicated to teaching area residents the proper emergency training techniques to assist citizens affected by a natural disaster or terrorist attack, while limiting risk to themselves. Twenty-eight states and Puerto Rico have initiated the training since the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) nationally expanded the program in 1993.

Individuals receiving the CERT Program training will be able to provide immediate assistance to victims within their proximity and organize and lead volunteers who have not received the emergency training. In addition, they will have the ability to collect disaster intelligence, assisting professional responders with the prioritization and allocation of resources following a disaster.

A new CERT Program class is currently forming and will be held in January 2004. The orientation will occur on Monday, December 15. Several courses will be offered throughout the coming year. In addition, classes are available to area businesses and industry for on-site training.

The CERT Program is free and available to Lucas County residents or employees. For additional information, or to enroll in the CERT Program, contact the College’s Workforce and Community Services Division at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357 or (567) 661-7357, or the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department’s Bureau of Special Operations at (567) 936-3542.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor ’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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