Eight Douglas Co. Agencies Train in Active Shooter Scenario

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Eight emergency response agencies were called to an active shooting at the University of Wisconsin-Superior as part of a training exercise Tuesday.

It was a chance to test how they work together in real life situations.

Local volunteers were used to play characters in the exercise.

Police wanted to learn not only workability among agencies, but how long response time should be.

“Training together lets all of us meet each other for one thing, but then find out, do our communications work? Does all the interoperability that we’ve planned in actually work when you put it to use?” said Superior Police Deputy Chief Matt Markon.

The Superior Police Department had been planning for two years to make the first-ever training happen.

The agencies that participated in the exercise were Superior Police Department Auxiliary Unit, Superior Fire Department, UW-Superior Public Safety, Douglas County Emergency Management, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Gold Cross Ambulance, Sawyer County Ambulance and Life Link 3 Helicopter.

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