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Published 6/18/2004

Under Secretary of Homeland Security Visits Owens Community College

Under Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Brown hosted a town hall meeting yesterday at Owens Community College to discuss local, state, and national emergency preparedness and response. Brown responded to an array of concerns about Northwest Ohio's vulnerability to terrorist attacks and praised Toledo's security efforts.

Brown addressed questions and comments from attendees such as Toledo Mayor Jack Ford, Lucas County Emergency Management Director William Halsey, state law enforcement officials, and volunteer first responders. Toledo Fire Chief Mike Bell provided opening and closing remarks for the event.

While expressing his gratitude and appreciation to area safety officers for their vigilance in preparing against the possibility of terrorism, Brown reminded audience members of Northwest Ohio's susceptibility. He cited the proximity of Toledo to the international border of Canada, the region's immediacy to the coast of Lake Erie and the heavy flow of trucks that crisscross the area's interstates.

Brown applauded Owens Community College's new Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security. The Under Secretary saw plans for the facility during his visit. "The one [Owens Community College's Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security] I saw here is literally the best in the country," Brown said. Owens began the facility's construction on April 30.

"Owens Community College felt privileged to host Under Secretary Michael Brown's visit," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. "We are honored to share the commitment to a secure future with the Department of Homeland Security through the College's Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security."

Owens Community College's new state-of-the-art facility will be located on a 110-acre parcel, featuring a Command and Simulation Center for Regional Anti-Terrorism and Emergency Management. The interior of the Center will consist of a simulation containment chamber, a command center, and state-of-the-art classrooms and computer and science laboratories.

The College currently offers associate degrees and certificate programs in Fire Science Technology and Criminal Justice Science Technology, as well as Emergency Medical Technician Certification. Courses offered within the public service curricula include: criminal law and procedure, patrol operations, crime scene processing, fire fighting tactics and command, hazardous materials, fire inspections principles and first responder.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 25 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 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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