SWAT trains

  • Updated: February 18, 2013 - 8:29 PM

For the first time ever St. Paul police and fire are training together in scenarios that mimic shooting events and an explosion. The two-month effort is aimed at helping EMS and paramedics safely get to survivors in the first 10 minutes of a shooting. Historically, EMS and paramedics were taught to wait until police had fully cleared a scene, which could take too long for wounded victims. A training session Friday focused on teaching police how to escort and protect EMS and paramedics in dangerous situations. Recent shootings, including the Accent Signage shootings in Minneapolis and Newtown school shooting, added urgency to the training, executed by St. Paul's SWAT team.

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