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Dec. 19, 2014

Former Tulsa fire station to become OSU-CHS crime scene investigation lab

The surplus fire station purchased by OSU-CHS.The surplus fire station recently purchased by OSU-CHS.

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences purchased a former Tulsa Fire Department station on Thursday with plans to turn the facility into a crime scene investigation laboratory.

"The purchase will enable us to turn the building into a resource for the students in our forensic sciences graduate program," said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum. "The land will also provide additional space as our campus and programs continue to grow."

The surplus fire station, located at 1712 S. Phoenix Ave., was one of two auctioned off by the City of Tulsa on Thursday. OSU-CHS purchased the building for $135,000.

"The station is conveniently located across the street from our campus and is adjacent to the OSU Center for Rural Health, so it made sense for us to purchase it," said Eric Polak, OSU-CHS vice president for administration and finance. "The crime scene investigation lab will require minimal remodeling and our students should be able to utilize the building by the fall semester."

The 2,670-square-foot building will be converted into a crime scene investigation laboratory for master’s students in the forensic science program. Instructors will be able to stage mock crime scenes for students to investigate, potentially adding video and audio recording equipment so exercises can critiqued by experts.

"The building will provide flexibility for us to set up crime scenes tailored to the needs of our students and our law enforcement partners," said Dr. Robert Allen, head of the School of Forensic Sciences at OSU-CHS. "We will even be able to stage mock explosives training exercises to simulate real life experiences for the training programs in our Center for Improvised Explosives. This is just another example of OSU setting the pace for other graduate programs in forensic sciences around the U.S."

OSU Center for Health Sciences, located at 1111 W. 17th St., is home to the College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Forensic Sciences, School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Health Care Administration.

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