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BCTC Crisis Team Members Attend the 2007 KCTCS Campus Safety Conference

Photo of Faculty and Staff at the KCTCS Campus Safety ConferenceLEXINGTON, KY (July 30, 2007) Seven members of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College's (BCTC) Crisis Team recently attended the first annual Kentucky Community & Technical College (KCTCS) Campus Safety Conference. Representatives from all 16 KCTCS Colleges were in attendance at the two day conference held on Elizabethtown Community & Technical College Campus.

Conference sessions covered a wide range of topics that included crisis communications,Photo of People at the KCTCS Campus Safety Conference fire safety, and workplace violence. Lunch sessions included presentations by Major Alecia Webb-Edgington, Executive Director of Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, and Brigadier General Norman E. Arflack, Secretary of the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet. The dinner session featured a moving talk by Michael Priddy, a survivor of the 1998 Murray State intentionally set dormitory fire that resulted in the death of Michael H. Minger.

Gail Minger, as a result of her son's death became an activist and helped to create the legislation addressing campus safety that is now law entitled the Minger Act. One session of the conference was dedicated solely to the Minger Act in addition to State Fire Marshall, Rodney Raby, leading a panel discussion on fire and campus compliance to the law.

The 2007 KCTCS Safety Conference was an effort to bring together crisis management personnel from all 16 KCTCS colleges and learn the very latest information about Crisis Management. The agenda was designed to immerse the attendees in a variety of subjects related to campus safety and security with the ultimate goal of providing a safe and secure learning environment for students and a safe workplace for KCTCS personnel, said Bob Hammonds, KCTCS Director of Homeland Security Initiatives, and conference organizer.

The last session on both days was conducted outside to accommodate the presentation and landing of the LifeNet Air Medical Service helicopter and a live electrical demonstration by Nolin RCC Electrical Company.

The KCTCS Campus Safety Conference will be annual event.