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New Emergency Management Training Center opens at Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn " The Minnesota National Guard and the Homeland Security Emergency Management Office held a ribbon cutting ceremony Apr 11, 2012 for the new Emergency Management Training Center (EMTC) at Camp Ripley


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The project is a joint venture between the two agencies and demonstrates how through cooperation; local, state and federal agencies will have the capabilities to train emergency managers in a virtual environment; thereby reducing costs and increasing efficiency

"One mission of the National Guard is to provide support to civilian agencies in the event of natural disasters," said Camp Ripley Deputy Post Commander, Lt. Col. Todd Kubista "Training and preparedness is the key to being able to provide fast, efficient and well coordinated services to Minnesota citizens"

"Whether it is severe weather, hazardous material spills or an act of terrorism, highly trained emergency responders can make a difference between life and death, and now emergency responders can save time and travel costs through utilization of the facility," said the Joint Chief of Staff for the Minnesota National Guard, Brig Gen Neal Loidolt

Previous to the opening of the EMTC, Minnesota public safety personnel and first responders had to travel out-of-state for highly sophisticated training Now they are able to receive first class training right in Central Minnesota at Camp Ripley, explained Commissioner of Public Safety Ramona Dohman

The National Guard will also use the facility for Improved Explosive Device (IED) training, as well as training large joint exercises utilizing the recently completed Combined Arms Collective Training Facility

The Emergency Management Training Center is a state-of-the-art 17,385 square foot facility that cost $42 million For information on scheduling the facility, interested parties may contact Mr Jim Krousey at 320-616-2708

By 1st Lt Blake E St Sauver           
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer
April 11, 2012




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