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Published 10/12/2004

Owens Community College to Host Weapons of Mass Destruction Seminar, October 26

Northwest Ohio first responders interested in acquiring information about weapons of mass destruction are invited to attend a free one-day seminar presented by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) at Owens Community College. The seminar will occur on Tuesday, October 26.

The weapons of mass destruction seminar is from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and will be held at the College's Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center Rooms 145-147. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from downtown Toledo.

"Owens Community College is proud to partner with the IACLEA and host an event focused on furthering first responder training," said Julee Cope, Owens Chief of Security. "This seminar will meet the needs of the community by better preparing first responders, such as police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel, for potential crisis situations involving weapons of mass destruction."

Topics discussed will include assessing and recognizing potential terrorist threats and coordinating responses to them. In addition, attendees will be given information to create strategy and tactics for emergency responses and personal safety.

Funding for such training initiatives is through a grant awarded to the IACLEA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness. Over the next two years, the $2 million grant will provide for 500 similar class sessions at colleges and universities nationwide that will train nearly 30,000 first responders.

The IACLEA is focused on advancing public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy and professional development to law enforcement and security officers. The organization provides a forum for member organizations to discuss issues, keep abreast of new ideas and find solutions to the various law enforcement and security problems on their campuses.

For more information, or to pre-register for the event, call (567) 661-7576 or 1-800- GO-OWENS, Ext. 7576. Area first responders must show a valid identification in order to be admitted.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 29 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 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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