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OTOA training adapts in times of a pandemic


The OTOA recognizes that the training and preparedness of all first responders are vital to the core mission of our membership - SAVING LIVES.

Safety is our priority for all participants and OTOA staff.

All OTOA training will ensure that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health Covid-19 mandates are followed.


Policing and police training comes with inherent risks. Mitigation of those risks comes with proper planning and preparedness.

  • Every effort will be taken to ensure that social distance guidelines are followed.
  • Wearing facial covering of the mouth and nose will be encouraged.
  • Health and safety screening will be conducted before any OTOA training commences.
  • All OTOA training is voluntary and all participants are mandated to provide a signed OTOA release of liability waiver and assumption of risk.

CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering as a measure to contain the wearer's respiratory droplets and help protect others. Participants and OTOA staff should not wear a cloth face covering if they have trouble breathing, cannot tolerate wearing it, or can't remove it without help.

Cloth face coverings are not considered personal protective equipment and may not protect the wearers from exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. However, cloth face coverings may prevent participants and OTOA staff, including those who don't know they have the virus, from spreading it to others.


Common sense prevails - ALWAYS


Before you decided to attend any OTOA training event, please confirm that you have NOT in the 14 days before the training event had close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of being infected with COVID-19.

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You do NOT currently have and have not in the 14 days before the training event experienced any of the symptoms below that are not otherwise explained by a known condition other than COVID-19

Stay home if any of the following apply to you:

  • Elevated temperature or fever of 100.4F of higher
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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