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Lincoln County public safety teams train for emergencies

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MERRILL — The Merrill Fire Department, Merrill Police Department, Merrill Street Department, Merrill Water Utility, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Emergency Management and Lincoln County Board completed a Critical Incident Management – Initial Response course during a Feb. 5-7 training session.

This course was lead by three instructors from Wisconsin Emergency Management. Lincoln County Emergency Management Director September Murphy was responsible for bringing the class to Merrill.

Class participants received both classroom and hands-on training that gave students the opportunity to experience being the first arriving supervisor to critical incidents, such as an active shooter or hazardous materials call. Students were able to role play critical supervisor roles on a model city tabletop. The initial actions taken by emergency service workers can greatly impact the outcome of an incident.

“It was cool to see all of the respective departments working together. This is exactly what we need to do anytime we are all responding to an incident,” said Battalion Chief Scott Krause in a news release.

The course served as a basic introductory course to unified command, when all responding agencies’ supervisors work together to control and mitigate an incident. More tabletop training for potential emergencies in Merrill will take place later this year.

Photo courtesy Merrill Fire Department.

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