The Ohio University-Chillicothe Emergency Response Training Center (ERTC) will reopen with a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sept. 11. The 7-acre site is located on the Pohlman Road portion of the OU-C campus, next to the Technology and Business Development Center.
The ERTC has the potential to serve as a valuable asset for the area and supports OU-C’s mission of serving its region by providing a training site and instructors for the training of area first responders, businesses and industries. Presently, the ERTC is able to offer rappelling and climbing, silo rescue, propane firefighting training, confined space entry, some hazardous materials training, vehicle extrication work and decontamination protocols.
The Sept. 11 ribbon-cutting event will coincide with use of the facility by the Ross County Safety Council for its annual training event. More than 100 participants are expected to participate in demonstration and interactive stations for rappelling, active shooters, canine searches, decontamination training, confined space, CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and more. There will also be demonstrations of K-9 dogs searching for bombs and drugs in addition to search and rescue.
This endeavor has been a true campus-community collaboration, and the Chillicothe police and fire departments, as well as the Ross County Sheriff’s Department, are among cooperating agencies. 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.
OU-C Associate Dean Brenda Phillips, an expert in emergency management, has been overseeing restoration of the ERTC to ensure it is properly utilized as a resource.
The ETRC represents a critical asset to regional business and industry by providing training for safety personnel, the broader workforce and the surrounding community. Industrial sustainability relies on safety professionals for loss estimation and protection, emergency response, and business continuity. Organizations, businesses and first responders interested in using the facility should contact OU-C at (740) 774-7207.