Combined Regional Emergency Services Training


The Combined Regional Emergency Services Training (CREST) center is the result of ideas from local Police, Fire and EMS agencies in collaboration with Oakland Community College. The concept of a training “city” providing realistic settings for real-life problems faced by emergency responders is an innovative outcome of Oakland Community College’s more than 50 years’ experience in training emergency services personnel.

Instructors take critical training subjects from the classroom onto the CREST site, a virtual live lab setting, where scenarios based on real world problems become invaluable learning tools. Basic and advanced emergency services personnel, as well as private industry and civilian organizations benefit from putting theory into practice in a secure setting.

The CREST site offers an experience where real-life scenarios are simulated by trainees who must not only think through options and decisions, but also actively apply their skills.  Scenarios can be repeated in a controlled setting so trainees can work through them until their knowledge and skills are mastered. This internationally recognized approach of “scenario based training” means that the trainees will retain the lesson at a greater level than could be expected from classroom presentations alone.

Located in southeast Michigan, cornered by I-75 and M-59 on Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills Campus, this is a unique training facility with furnished houses, a bank, convenience store, motel and five story live fire training tower can suit your organization for whatever training need they may have.

If you are interested in receiving Training and Information Bulletins for upcoming Police, Fire, EMS or Dispatch classes please send an email request to CREST and indicate your name, agency and which section(s) you would like to receive.

Note: that you can elect to receive more than one section (Police, Fire, EMS and Dispatch), the Training and Information Bulletin will only be sent to agency or governmental email addresses and this email distribution list is not shared or sold.

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"OCC is the best place to learn about emergency services" - Jon Roberts

Contact Information

David Ceci
Academic Dean of Public Services & CREST and Director of Law Enforcement Training
Phone: 248.232.4211


Auburn Hills Campus
2900 Featherstone Rd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2845
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Largest Police & Fire Academy in Southeast Michigan