Thursday, September 18, 2014

Reopening of Emergency Response Training Center represents power of campus-community partnerships

The Chillicothe Campus’ connections to its community are being strengthened through the reopening of the OU-C Emergency Response Training Center (ERTC). A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held at the seven-acre site and included representatives of the campus, Ohio University Regional Higher Education, and the city, as well as area law-enforcement professionals and first responders.

“This is a true partnership between OU-C and the southern Ohio region,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “The facility belongs not only to the campus but to the region. Through the power of partnerships, this facility can realize its potential in making a positive impact on the region.”

Chillicothe Safety and Service Director Mike Green delivered a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Jack A. Everson that noted, “… university-community partnerships represent the best leveraging of local resources … we stand ready to mutually strengthen such partnerships toward greater community safety by reopening {the center}” and declared Sept. 11 as “Ohio University-Chillicothe Emergency Response Training Center Day” in the city.

In proving the center’s usefulness, and kin conjunction with the reopening ceremony, the Ross County Safety Council utilized the site for its annual training event.  More than 100 participants participated in demonstration and interactive stations for rappelling, active shooters, canine searches, decontamination training, confined space, CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator), meth labs, and more. There were also demonstrations of K-9 dogs searching for bombs and drugs.

Efforts to revitalize the ERTC have been underway with key stakeholders since September 2013, with input from representatives of area business and industry, educational institutions, fire departments, air and ground ambulance services, police, sheriff, emergency management and related first responders.

A Chillicothe Gazette story about the ceremony is available online at

Further information about the center can be found online at

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