TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A partnership between the State Fire Marshal's Office and Owens Community College means big things for Toledo Fire and Rescue.
Owens community college has been building up their Center for Emergency Preparedness for years and now the State Fire Marshal's Office has decided working together could benefit first responders.
"It's a jewel here in Northwest Ohio and for us to have the opportunity to utilize the facility, send students," said Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Leaming.
Right now the only place in the state to receive training and accreditation through the Fire Marshal is in the Columbus area, but soon it will also be offered at Owens.
“We're looking for other opportunities with other community colleges but this is our first so were most excited about it and hopefully it becomes a model,” said Leaming.
The partnership also brings a state of the art training lab to Owens Community College, giving TPD advanced real-life training.
"The value of this training has been spectacular. Our members have been giving constant feedback on how high of a quality this is as far as training, so we could have something similar for our own,” said Chief Luis Santiago.
Other tools like the training lab will be brought to Owens just miles away from Toledo, providing training most departments don't have access to.
Tuesday WTOL reporter Michelle Zepeda will have more information on the training lab and how it will help the Toledo Fire Departments.