History

For almost 90 years, the 54-acre site at 506 East Xenia Drive in Fairborn, Ohio produced cement, an ingredient critical to building infrastructure in the region. Today, the property has been reborn as a new training venue where emergency first responders build their skills.

The Fairborn City Manager and Fire Chief met with two Wright State University doctors who identified a need to train for disaster response in a lifelike setting. Both had served at the front lines providing emergency medical services after the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. These experiences helped confirm for them the need for specialized training for personnel providing medical services at the scene of a major disaster and for bridging communication gaps between military and civilian providers.

First responders need to make decisions on the fly. When they arrive at the scene of an incident, they have to assess the situation and determine what care to provide in the field and who goes to the hospital. The hospital itself can become a disaster area when emergency room doctors, nurses and staff are not trained to accommodate large numbers of patients all at once.

The proximity to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Wright State University and hospitals in the Dayton region made the old cement plant an ideal location for a response training facility. These stakeholders would help transform emergency medical training to better prepare first responders for disasters and provide an opportunity to work cooperatively on-scene.

Latest Press Releases

July 23, 2019

Dayton region lands $750K to support medtech startups


Wright State Applied Research Corporation (WSARC) has been awarded $750K to pump into the Dayton region’s burgeoning cluster of medical technology companies, the U.S. Economic Development Association (EDA) announced today. The Dayton MedTech Nexus In...

July 12, 2019

WSARC lands $1.9M contract for Tech Warrior Enterprise


The Wright State Applied Research Corporation, on behalf of the National Center for Medical Readiness (NCMR), was awarded a contract from the General Services Administration (GSA) valued at $1,951,727 as part of the Tech Warrior Enterprise.   The Tec...

February 18, 2019

WSRI Team Successfully Flies Multiple Different UAS with a Single Operator


(Dayton, OH) A team from Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) spent two weeks in September working in the restricted air space at Camp Atterbury, Indiana testing advanced concepts for single operator con...