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VIDEO: Emergency Response Team runs scenarios in Memorial Park

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Goodhue County responders schedule a day each month to practice real-life scenarios with each other. Kit Murray / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The Goodhue County Sheriff's Office multi-jurisdiction Emergency Response Team spent the day Wednesday, April 12, at Memorial Park to work on search and apprehension training.

Throughout the scheduled event from noon to 7 p.m., the ERT focused its training around one common goal: keeping the suspect's safety a priority.

K-9 Ambush, handled by Deputy Matt Bowron, was alongside the team to aid in finding participants playing the role of suspects. Officers set up scenarios with one to two suspects assigned reasons for wanting to escape the scene.

The Emergency Response Team was formed in 1992 to respond to high-risk calls in Goodhue and Wabasha Counties. Team members volunteer for the assignment and are chosen based on experience, physical fitness and firearms testing, according to the Sheriff's Office website.

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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