May 14, 2014


PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, May 14, 2014 – Owens Community College’s Center for Emergency Preparedness is offering Northwest Ohio fire departments the opportunity to join a new regional fire service consortium beginning July 2014.

The intent and purpose of the training consortium is to provide valuable and required Fire Service based training at an economical price to member agencies. Membership is on a yearly basis and the total cost will be based on how many fire stations each department operates in their district.

Current members of the training consortium include Bradner, Helena, Lake Township, Linsdey, North Baltimore, Troy Township, and Wayne Fire Departments.

“There is a direct correlation between training and the success and survival of firefighters,” said Mark Briggs, fire training coordinator. “The training consortium will assist fire departments in Northwest Ohio in obtaining quality training while also being fiscally responsible to their communities.

The college in partnership with member agencies, and governmental and private agencies will provide training in courses such as live fire, mass casualty, search and rescue, tanker, car and kitchen fire training. Classes will begin in July and will be conducted in accordance with National Fire Protection Association standards. Owens’ Center for Emergency Preparedness is accredited through The Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of EMS for EMT and Firefighter training.

Owens has been at the forefront in providing educational training to public safety forces for over three decades. In 2009, the College invested in the future of emergency preparedness training within the region by officially opening the doors to a new $3.2 million Training and Operations Center at the Center for Emergency Preparedness. The facility provides first responders with expanded opportunities for real-world, scenario training highlighted by the only indoor emergency services virtual training system in the country.

In 2007, Owens marked a milestone in the academic institution’s history by opening a $20.5 million Center for Emergency Preparedness. The Center for Emergency Preparedness fulfills a need for a rather expansive complex within the region that can provide “real-world” training in a safe and controlled environment. Training scenarios that can be conducted within the new facility include those related to natural and manmade disasters involving hazardous materials, confined spaces, riots, entrapments and weapons of mass destruction, among others. Since opening the facility, police, fire and emergency services personnel, as well as the military, from Ohio and beyond, including the FBI, Ohio National Guard and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, have utilized the facility for either specialized or concurrent emergency preparedness training.

For more information on the regional fire service consortium, please contact Mark Briggs at 564-667-2081.