May 16, 2011

Owens Community College to Host Heroes Youth Camp, June 13-15 and July 11-13

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area youth ages 8 through 17 will have the opportunity to place themselves in shoes of first responders and explore the areas of emergency medical service, law enforcement and fire service as Owens Community College hosts Heroes Youth Camp, June 13-15 and July 11-13.

The Heroes Youth Camp will be offered through Owens’ Workforce and Community Services at the College’s Center for Emergency Preparedness. Owens’ Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College is excited to once again provide a continuing education program that brings emergency medical service, law enforcement and fire service alive through fun, hands-on learning activities that are in a controlled, safe environment,” said Michael Cornell, Owens Director of the Center for Emergency Preparedness. “Attendees will have the opportunity of a lifetime to experience the first responders’ profession and how these individuals go about saving and protecting people’s lives on a daily basis.”

The College will offer two separate age-appropriate class sections as part of the new continuing education programming in June and July. The first class section will explore basic first aid/CPR, introduce attendees to an air ambulance and discuss prevention of head injury and helmet safety. Campus instruction will also include K-9 demonstrations, firearm safety and crime prevention, as well as evacuation steps to take in a house fire emergency. Additionally, camp participants will be introduced to police cars, fire trucks and hose lines. The first class is for ages 8 through 12 and will occur June 13-15 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A second class for the same age group will take place July 11-13 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The second class section is for ages 13 through 17 and will occur June 13-15 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A second class for ages 13 through 17 will take place July 11-13 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The second class section will feature similar topics and activities as the younger age group as well as target practice using non-firearm air soft trainers. In addition, attendees will experience a mock bank robbery where they will ride along with a SWAT team, attack a structure fire inside the College’s virtual fire training system, repel off an indoor training tower and use the Jaws of Life to rescue a simulated victim trapped inside a vehicle.

The Center for Emergency Preparedness is the premier all-hazards national training facility located at Owens Community College. As the world continues to change so will the critical training demands for the men and women who place themselves in harm’s way. The Center for Emergency Preparedness is dedicated to securing the homeland and assuring the safety of our citizens by building a well-trained community of first responders, first receivers and allied professionals who are ready to safely respond to and mitigate the effects of an all-hazards event.

All Heroes Youth Camp Program staff are state-certified Emergency Service Instructors who are active in the emergency services fields. For more information, or to register, call (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357, or (567) 661-2411 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2411.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation 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. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.