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20141007 133228simulatorMARIETTA, Ohio (October 9, 2014) – Wednesday, October 8th, the OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy) program at Washington State Community College (WSCC) unveiled a new simulator to be used to train the officers in the program. Local law enforcement officers, representatives from MILO Range, Dr. Bradley Ebersole, President of WSCC, Gary Williams, Executive Director of Foundation at WSCC, several OPOTA students, and two instructors were present for the unveiling. The $32,000 simulator (funded by a grant from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services) from MILO Range Training Systems (MRTS) is based on a high-tech computer system that projects life-sized video and graphics-based exercises that simulate real-life situations onto a large screen. During a simulation, the officers are equipped with laser-modified weapons replicating what they would carry when on duty.
"The addition of this state of the art Force Options Training Simulator to the Center for Public Safety Training adds an entirely new dimension to our training capabilities and outreach programs. The simulator will be a significant benefit to all law enforcement agencies throughout Southeast Ohio that choose to participate in the program. The simulator's home base will be here in the Center, which will also benefit the cadets in our Peace Officer Basic Academy program," commented John Burdette, Director, Center for Public Safety Training at WSCC.

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Gary Williams, Dr. Nutter, Dr. Ebersole, John Burdette with Engine 5

MARIETTA, Ohio (August 21, 2014) – On Monday, August 11th, Washington State Community College (WSCC) accepted the keys to a pumper fire truck from the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department during the Belpre City Council meeting. Dr. Bradley Ebersole, President of WSCC and John Burdette, Director, Center for Public Safety Training at WSCC gratefully accepted the donation to the Volunteer Fire Fighter Academy. "Supported by the Ohio State Fire Academy and Fire Marshal Flowers, we've been working with local fire departments and fire chiefs for the last 2 years to establish a viable fire training program. Thanks to the generosity of the City of Belpre, and the efforts of our Fire Advisory Board, we're seeing those efforts come to fruition. We're deeply grateful for all that assistance," said Burdette. Other WSCC Senior Administrators attending the council meeting were: Dr. Mark Nutter, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Gary Williams, Executive Director for the Foundation & Grant Development; and Claudia Owens, Executive Director, Marketing and Public Relations.

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