On August 7th and 8th the St. Marys Police Department will be hosting training at the St. Marys High School. This will be a full-scale training exercise in response to an “Act of Violence”. There will be an influx of Law Enforcement Agencies and Fire Departments in the area. The parking lot at the St. Marys High School will be closed to through traffic during these trainings. (This is not an open event to the public, but future events may allow for limited observation.)
This has been a project that we have been talking about, planning, and organizing for the past 4-years. With the help of USD 321; we have stepped up to the plate to help run this event. It has been a huge task that we are certainly going to be proud of. This is the first training that has been conducted within our county of this scale. To our knowledge….this is also one of the first full-scale trainings that have been conducted in our state done with primarily volunteer-based Fire Departments. There will be a lot of interested regions/counties who will be monitoring this event.
This training is imperative for many reasons:
1. There aren’t many trainings that we conduct that incorporate so many arms of the first responder pyramid. Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Local Hospitals, Emergency Management.
2. We live in an ever changing world. Due to these changes, we need to be prepared for anything.
3. It helps us develop “Standard Operating Guides” that are specific to our needs as a rural community. Locating potential issues, and trying to find solutions to those problems thru training.
4. Fast response time and organization are key to saving lives. We have participants from: St. Marys PD, St. Marys Fire, Onaga PD, Onaga Fire, Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, Pottawatomie County Consolidated Fire, Pottawatomie EMS, Pottawatomie Emergency Management, Wamego PD, Wamego FD, St. George PD, St. George Fire, Blue Township Fire, Wheaton FD, Havensville FD, Emmett FD, Wabaunsee Sheriff's Office, Maple Hill FD, Rossville FD, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Nemaha County Sheriff's Office, KHP, Kansas Parks and Wildlife, St. Marys Clinic and CHCS, and Wamego Hospital. I apologize if I left someone out. There are a lot of participants.
We also want to thank the volunteer participants who are playing as actors. Which will be in the neighborhood of 30-40 people!
Due to the training….the parking lot of the High School will be closed. There will be no “thru traffic” allowed between Grand Ave and Maple Hill Rd. during these activities.
This message is meant to alert the public to the training. Please don’t be alarmed those days when you see the emergency vehicles in the St. Marys High School Parking Lot.
There are message boards and signs that will also reflect what is transpiring those days.
St. Marys Police Department
On April 25th at 1:00pm, the St. Marys Police Department hosted a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) refresher class at City Hall. A unique aspect of the class was that actual subjects were tested. Which means that alcohol was provided to volunteers and several of them were under some level of intoxication. (The beverages were provided by the City and rides home were also provided.)
The following is from the SMPD Facebook page.
On April 25th at 1:00pm, the St. Marys Police Department will be hosting a class at the George Perry Memorial Armory. There will be several departments in the area to attend this class. The subject matter is in regards to Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. This is a refresher class. Meaning that each officer attending must have a prior "SFST" credential to attend. One of the things that makes this testing unique; is the subjects being tested. The test subjects will be volunteers who have donated their time...and livers....to the class.
As per instructed by KHP; I will need to have approximately 1 subject per 3-4 students. If you fit the following criteria; and are available for testing; please send the department an instant message or contact Chief Winkleman at firstname.lastname@example.org Please be aware that many of the test subjects will be under some level of intoxication. (These beverages will be provided on location. Rides home will be provided.)
The class will begin at 1:00pm (Appx 6 hrs). This is when the volunteers are also to report.
General Good Health
Preferred under 65years of age
No Rx medication that will be enhanced or effected by the consumption of alcohol.
Preferred to not be 50lbs overweight (Negotiable)
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