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Emergency Training Exercises Held on Boom Island

Updated: 08/12/2014 7:22 PM
Created: 08/12/2014 8:29 AM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A full-scale public safety emergency was held at Minneapolis’ Boom Island on Tuesday, but it was just a test.

The Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management conducted training exercises Tuesday morning. The training included a fake bomb, which was used to simulate an explosion. Volunteers then acted like victims.

The director, Tom Miller, said the point of this event was to learn from it. He said they planned to ask for feedback from participants.

The training included the Minneapolis Fire Department, Minneapolis Park Police, St. Paul Fire, Emergency Medical Services community, FBI, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Minnesota National Guard.

There will be a functional exercise Wednesday, which won't have quite as much activity. It will address other areas of concern for the medical and health community.

Photo: KSTP-TV/Phil Thiesse

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