Training Bruised by Realism

Issue 6 and Volume 124.

Training Bruised by Realism When Lewiston, Maine, police called fire fighters to a burning car in a field without first informing them that it was part of a mob-control exercise, they learned that the training included too much reality. Two policemen had to be treated at St. Mary’s General Hospital, one for a cut over his left eye and the other for a hand injury. Some of the policemen, in the role of agitators, tried to hamper the fire fighters when they arrived to extinguish the old auto. Other policemen followed their training assignment to maintain the peace. But before the fire fighters learned that the “attack” by the agitators was only a training exercise, the fire fighters had scored a 2-0 victory.

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