- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A group of employees from the Ohio Department of Public Safety is wrapping up a voluntary training course in which they learn basic disaster response skills for situations they might encounter at work or in their communities.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency says the participants in the four-day course learn basics such as fire safety, search and rescue and disaster medical operations. That training is then put to use in a disaster simulation as the Community Emergency Response Team course ends.

The agency says Thursday’s simulation of a carbon monoxide-related scenario in Columbus was slated to include victim extractions and a helicopter evacuation, with help from MedFlight of Ohio.

The department plans to offer similar training to employees again next month.

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