Mock Explosion in Arden Hills Tests First Responders

Updated: 08/04/2013 8:55 AM By: Cassie Hart

Residents in Arden Hills saw some extra police activity this weekend as public safety agencies from around Ramsey County participated in a large-scale exercises to test their response to major incidents.
The exercises took place Saturday morning at Bethel University. Neighbors were alerted there could be traffic delays - and they may hear emergency sirens and other noises as authorities run through several scenarios.
Several agencies participated, including the Bethel University Public Safety office, the Lake Johanna Fire Department, the Ramsey County's Sheriff's Office, and police from surrounding cities. Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security is also participating.
The goal was to test and find ways to improve the ways multiple agencies work together when responding to major emergencies.

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