UT employees participate in federal security training

January 14, 2011 | Features, UToday
By Samantha Pixler



Accidents happen all the time, and one can never be prepared enough to handle the unexpected. The University of Toledo is preparing to handle potential threats or accidents by sending faculty and staff to homeland security training.

Several UT employees recently trained at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. The training included courses at the center’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility, which is the nation’s only facility that features civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment.

“I think the most exciting part of the training was actually being exposed to real, harmful chemical agents. This training prepared me to know what to expect and how to efficiently handle any disaster,” said Michael Kovacs, an environmental specialist with the UT Department of Health and Safety, who was among the recent group of trainees.

The four-day training is targeted for those who work in government, public works, public safety and health, and health care, as well as police, fire and emergency medical providers.

The hands-on training is designed to enable emergency responders to gain critical experience and skills in order to prevent or respond to incidents involving hazardous materials and acts of terrorism.

The University had 22 individuals participate in the training program.

For more information on the Center for Domestic Preparedness training programs, click here.