More than 100 police officers, firefighters, reserve officers, cadets, paramedics and members of the Civil Emergency Response Team participated in the training exercise at Spring Lake Township’s fire station on 174th Avenue.
The scenario was a state senator introducing a bill to eliminate hunting in Michigan, said Capt. Lee Hoeksma of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. The announcement attracted an angry crowd.
Police dressed in protective gear marched in formation and pushed back the protestors to make way for firefighters and paramedics. The firefighters needed to put out the car fires, while the paramedics needed to help those “injured” in the explosions.
Hoeksma said the event was a success because it allowed them to test multiple responses. The officers like to do it because it’s something different, he said.
“It also gives them some good training,” Hoeksma said.
Training began at about 2 p.m. Monday with the mock exercise culminating the day.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, with the help of Ottawa County Emergency Services, hosts a Mobile Field Training every two years.
“Basically, it’s riot training,” Hoeksma said.
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