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Area law enforcement trains for emergency situations

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- Area law enforcement went through live training exercises Wednesday so they would be prepared in an emergency. 

"We try to train like how we are going to work," explains Sergeant Ryan Douglas with the Chippewa Falls Police Department.

When something goes drastically wrong, you want the people protecting you to know what they are doing.

"We look for situations like this to train in so we can be as realistic as possible," Douglas says.  "That way, when we come to an actual call out to an actual situation, we might be just a little bit more prepared for that."

They went through three situations they hope they never have to encounter.  The first practice scenario: get an injured person through a window.

"They are taught what we call the Denver Drill," points out Battalion Chief Michael Hepfler with the Chippewa Falls Fire Department.  "This comes from the Denver Fire Department of extricating a fellow officer through the window using techniques."

In the second drill, officers have to secure a room, find the injured party and break through a wall to get out.  They're learning sometimes they can't go out the same way they went in.

"It doesn't look like you can fit through it but we can," says Douglas.  "And so it is just to tell the officers that we can do that and get a hostage or get somebody injured through a wall if necessary."

In the last practice scenario, officers have to find an injured person in the dark and apply a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

"All of the techniques that we are using here have been developed in Iraq and Afghanistan," Hepfler explains.  "This does help and we've taken this to the next level in our area."

These officers aren't sure where or even if they will ever have to use this training.  But one thing is for sure: it's better to be safe than sorry.

"Whether it's a school, an active shooter, or workplace violence or a situation at a residence, we are just trying to prepare for that," Douglas remarks.

This was the first time ever that today's group practiced together as a tactical team.  The building they practiced in was off of Bridge Street and is scheduled for demolition.

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