County ERT training held at
dressed in tactical gear is a rare sight at any location, but particularly
surprising at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College's New Richmond campus during the students’ winter
break when the St. Croix County Emergency Response Team practiced maneuvers at
wanted to familiarize itself with WITC-New Richmond and the unique challenges it presents
should a situation arise at the college. Knowing WITC’s layout of hallways,
stairwells, numerous rooms and labs filled with equipment can aid responders in
critical times. Some ERT members hadn’t visited the college before, and
according to Sgt. Jeff Kennet, found the training “very beneficial.”
deputy, St. Croix County, and adjunct instructor in WITC's criminal justice-corrections program, coordinated the training session with the college.
The ERT members take turns setting up training sessions around the area in
office buildings, schools, houses, warehouses and other venues to help them
prepare for emergencies.