Couple of crashes send 3 to the hospital
A pair of early morning accidents had emergency responders busy this morning. A crash at Hwy 19 just east of I-35 involved 3 vehicles. Rescue Squad Capt. Aramis Wells said a car lost a wheel, hit another and set off the air bag. He said 2 people were taken to the hospital to get checked out but nothing seemed serious. They went to a more serious accident
on the frontage road, which is Hazelwood and just south of 280th around CR 86. Wells said a pickup and a car were involved in that one. One person went to the hospital with more serious injuries but non life threatening. He said it looked as though the car, coming from CR 86 went through the stop sign and collided.
“Hostile Event” training offers new mind set for emergency personnel
”When you train together with these other disciplines and these other agencies you work better together when something actually happens”… That’s Northfield Hospital EMS Director Brian Edwards talking yesterday about last night’s “hostile training event”. More than 50 regional officers and emergency responders from Police to Fire to EMS participated in the training at St. Dominic’s School. Rescue Squad Captain Aramis Wells said 28 volunteer fire and rescue personnel took part. He said it gave them a chance to “think outside the box” and see what resources they need to pull and how to be most effective with the resources they have. He said they’ve always been trained to not go in until law enforcement has the situation neutralized. The problem is, victims who could be saved are dying while they wait for help. He explains the new training calling it, “a whole new mind set where we actually go in while things are threatening but we go in with armed police in front and behind us so that we’re covered on both ends and we use them as our shield”. He said it’s a real eye opener for them. Critiques were offered throughout the multiple scenarios and they then debriefed after the training was over. St. Olaf Public Safety Director, Fred Behr, who was an observer, told Edwards that he could tell the difference from the first scenario to the last with all of them getting smoother and more comfortable working together. Edwards added, “part of what makes the training good is the certain amount of realism that stresses people out, something that’s very effective in getting them to remember what to do”. I spoke with Gus, a retired navy man and one of the volunteer shooters, who reiterated how important the training is, especially as, this is not a typical situation. As a military man, he said this training should be done more often. I have pictures online at kymnradio.net. Click HERE for video which is on our website
Fundraiser to train service dogs for Veterans – Believet
While in Afghanistan, Sam Daly taught bomb sniffing dogs for the Marine Corp. When he came back he wanted to do something for veterans. High school friend and supporter John Fossum explains that after successful training for hunting dogs and bomb sniffing dogs, Daly is now training service dogs for veterans with PTSD and other issues related to their service. This Friday, Chuck Pryor has opened the Grand Event Center to hold a benefit to raise funds for BelieVET. It’s a chance to hear more about Believet. It’s free to get in but they ask for a free-will donation to whatever level you’re comfortable with. The dogs are trained to meet the needs of the specific individuals and then given to them. The benefit begins at 7 o’clock. The Zillionaires will be playing. Thrivent and the Fossum family are sponsoring the event.
4th Street to close tomorrow
Fourth Street will be closed tomorrow between Winona Street and Union Street from 7am to 5pm for utility installations related to the Weitz Center expansion.
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