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Published: Tuesday, 3/25/2008

600 to be trained at UT in disaster life support

The University of Toledo will host more than 600 people today and tomorrow for disaster response training.

The Basic Disaster Life Support training includes how to handle natural and manmade disasters, nuclear and radiological weapons attacks, and other events.

Participants also will learn how to deal with the media, government agencies, and legal issues following a disaster.

Medical students and community members in roles such as firefighters, public health personnel, and healthcare providers are to take part in the training, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Today s training will be held in Doermann Theater in University Hall on the main campus; tomorrow it will be in the auditorium of the Student Services Building on UT s Scott Park campus.

At the end of the program, participants can earn a Basic Disaster Life Support certification by passing an exam.

The free course is funded through an Ohio Department of Health grant and is being taught by staff from Wright State University s Homeland Emergency Learning and Preparedness Center of the Boonshoft School of Medicine and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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