NEWARK -- Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) to offer the program "The Most Disastrous Fires: How to Keep History from Repeating Itself through Fire Prevention" feauturing Leo Swank, EMS coordinator at MVFD, firefighter, paramedic, and State-Certified Fire Inspector. The program will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the Pataskala campus of COTC. Doors will open at noon.

Explore first-responder apparatus; meet the Director of the Institute for Public Safety & Human Services at COTC, Kevin Reardon; and learn about "Keeping the Holidays Happy through Fire Safety" from Gary Johnson, MBA, MIFireE, COTC Lead Fire Science Instructor/Chief (ret.) Marysville Fire Department.

In an effort to heighten awareness of the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) and also the Public Safety & Human Services programs at the Pataskala campus of COTC, this program will be free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested. Call 740-964-7090 or email Vicki Maple at: VMaple@COTC.edu. Refreshments will be provided and there will be several free raffles. The Pataskala campus is located at 8660 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg.

The LLI operates under COTC's Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC), providing educational opportunities for mature learners of Central Ohio to broaden and expand their knowledge, share their life experiences, become more attuned to community resources, and interact socially with other lifelong learners.

Peer-led and membership-driven, the LLI offers a year-round menu of courses, as well as lectures, writing workshops, book discussions, and special events that focus on the arts, literature, philosophy, science, languages, technology, spirituality, economics, and local, national, and world affairs.

Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited, two-year college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty, and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC operates four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.