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Emergency training for multiple responders in Beloit


Local, state and federal emergency response agencies come together in Beloit to train for scenarios that could happen.

You could throw teamwork in the mix too.  Agencies need to know one another's skill sets and know them well in the event of what they call, an incident.

"We need to be able to ensure that if this event happens or something like this, we're prepared to go, "said Captain William Tyler of the Beloit Police.

"Integrate with the resources that are already here on site," said Commander David May, of the 54th Civil Support Team.

Instances.  A vague term responders use when referring to a time when all levels of emergency response are needed for a situation.

"We have had instances over time, they're not real frequent.  That's why we exercise them because they're not real common.  So we need to practice them once in a while to make sure they're still good to go," said Tyler.

When it comes time to practice for an instance, response teams know, its not all about technique.

"To come and support and enhance the capabilities that are already here and to do that we work alongside the policemen and the firemen and HAZMAT responders to provide capabilities that they don't necessarily have that way we can enhance, rather than duplicate what they already do," said May.

An example.  Beloit Police don't have the resources to diffuse a spill or leak of potentially harmful materials.

That's where HAZMAT comes in.

"Detect chemical, biological and radiological substances or hazards," said May.

Beloit Police and Fire, as well as the Wisconsin National Guard also take part.

These training exercises are regular for the response teams.  The planning for this one started back in October of last year.

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