Bethel University hosts active-shooter, explosion training

Monday, August 5, 2013

First responders took part in training on Saturday that resembled a dangerous, real-life situation.

Representing multiple agencies, fire, police and paramedics descended on to the campus of Bethel University to undergo drills that will better help them prepare for large-scale emergencies.

"This is testing our response," said Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom. "These are really important for our community."

Police, fire, and emergency management teams drilled active shooter and "explosion" scenarios, both with multiple injuries. Each drill required critical communication and immediate triage. More than 50 volunteers were used as pretend patients in urgent need of care.

It's the first time a 4-year Minnesota college opened its doors to this kind of training. Last October, similar exercises were done at Century College.

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