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US and Canada come together for cross-border emergency training

Lake County Emergency Management's B.J. Kohlstedt leads the group in a simulation exercise
Lake County Emergency Management's B.J. Kohlstedt leads the group in a simulation exercise

Emergency services providers and officials from the United States and Ontario are participating in a four-day Integrated Emergency Management Course with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Training Institute to train in the event of a cross-border emergency.

“This is a first-of-its kind coordinated effort for Minnesota and Ontario and we are extremely pleased with the level of commitment and interest from the various jurisdictions to work together to protect our people,” said Jim Wiinanen, Cook County Emergency Management Director.

Nearly 100 participants from five U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions including Tribal, Municipal, County, State, Provincial and Federal representatives from over 20 agencies in both countries are gathered in Grand Portage to better coordinate response to an international catastrophe.

Course instructors include experts from FEMA’s National Emergency Training Center Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsberg, Maryland.