School of Emergency Services celebrates new location with open house
Nearly 350 people converged on the Advanced Technology College off Williamson Blvd. on March 6 to celebrate the relocation of Daytona State’s School of Emergency Services.
Students, members of the general public and representatives of area law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services agencies witnessed a ceremony and toured the new facilities, which included demonstrations of defensive tactics training, human patient simulators and EMS training sessions.
Louis Mercer, director of the School of Emergency Services, recalled that when he attended police recruit school in 1978 on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus, it encompassed no more than 10,000 square feet. “But today, we celebrate our open house at the ATC, where we have over 100,000 square feet of usable space and room to grow.”
Mercer noted the college produces on average 200 law enforcement graduates a year, noting also that 90 percent of all current EVAC employees were trained by Daytona State.
The open house kicked off with a precision landing by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Air One helicopter in the ATC parking lot, where a variety of other police, fire services and EMS apparatus also was on display. Agency officials, many who are alumni of Daytona State’s public safety programs, gathered to view the chopper as it circled the ATC against a clear blue sky just prior to touching down.
Mercer thanked them for supporting the college throughout the years. “We are so proud of all the support we get from you,” he said. “I want you to know that we vow our support back to you as well, to continually strive to meet the needs that you have in your programs.”
For more information about School of Emergency Services programs, call (386) 506-4122.
Photo number 1 and number 4 are courtesy of J. Philip Craiger, School of Engineering and Information Technology.
(March 7, 2013)