Stevens County Commissioner Bob Kopitzke.

The incoming Chair of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners told the KMRS Community Connection that a training exercise held in November in Morris for all those involved in public safety helped in the recent response to a bomb threat at the Morris Area Schools. Commissioner Bob Kopitzke also represents the County on the Emergency Service Central Board, which covers 19 counties and the City of St. Cloud and works to keep people safe. Kopitzke said the recent training focused on the scenario of an active school shooting.

“We had the three superintendents there and most of us hadn’t met them, and there were two new ones. And they had no idea how we help protect the County — whether it’s a tornado, or an oil spill, or active shooting,” recalled Kopitzke. “So, they were introduced to us and they were pretty impressed in our planning. And now with the bomb threat it came to fruition that these same people worked as superintendents and I believe the practice really helped us get through that situation.”

Kopitzke said when he attends meetings around the state, he encounters many who are jealous of Stevens County’s emergency management, which for him is nice to hear.

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