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Emergency Response Staff


​​​The College's Director of Emergency Management, Koren Kanadanian, oversees the training and drills for students, faculty, and staff; conducts simulated exercises; and carries out assessment and other related activities necessary to ensure that our emergency response plan remains flexible and effective.

A former Sergeant of the Franklin, MA, Police Department for 12 years, and currently a Police Officer with the Norfolk, MA, Police Department, Koren has been a trainer/instructor for the Massachusetts Municipal Training Academy, FEMA and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. He is an Emergency Response Coordinator/Emergency Medical Technician for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Incident Response Coordination Team (reserve). Koren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College and a Master's degree in Emergency Management, Terrorism, and Homeland Security from Anna Maria College.

The Director of Emergency Management works together with Major John Leyden, the College's Director of Safety and Security. Major Leyden began his tenure at Providence College in 2003 following 24 years of service as a member of the Rhode Island State Police.

  • All of the College's full-time safety and security officers complete Incident Command System (ICS 100) training - an eight-hour course that trains responders for involvement in incidents that require multiple-agency involvement, such as fires, floods, storms, criminal acts and crime scene investigations, terrorist acts, and search and rescue missions.
  • All supervisors complete advanced-level ICS 200 training.
  • All members of the College's Senior Cabinet and other key administrators who serve on the College's Safety & Emergency Response Committee also complete the ICS 100 training.
  • The College has a close and collaborative relationship with the Providence Police Department. A neighborhood police sub-station is located on College property, near the entrance to the East Campus.
  • The College has created a specially equipped Emergency Operations Center for use by members of the Emergency Response Team and other emergency responders as necessary. In an emergency situation, responders have access to all campus security cameras, communication systems, computers, and other equipment necessary to effectively monitor and manage the situation.
  • Power supplies immediately adjacent to the Emergency Operations Center can accommodate the deployment of the City of Providence's Emergency Management mobile command unit.
  • The Safety and Emergency Response Committee and the college's First Responders, regularly train in emergency simulation exercises to evaluate the efficacy of the emergency response plan. These exercises occur on a regular basis.
  • In September 2007, the College sponsored Keeping One Another Safe: A Providence College Summit. The Summit brought together a wide range of campus professionals responsible for students' health and safety for an in-depth presentation and discussion about policies and protocols related to mental health issues and to enhance awareness of and strengthen communication regarding this issue.​​​​