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Community Emergency Response training takes over Bear Lake trails

| Hansen Hasenberg
If you were at Bear Lake, the popular recreation area in Blackwater State Forest, on Sunday, June 2, you might have noticed multiple Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office K9s and large groups of people carrying out individuals on makeshift stretchers. While this might have looked like a pretty serious situation, there was no need for alarm. The Sheriff’s Office K9 unit wasn’t searching for someone lost and those people carrying others on stretchers weren’t carrying anyone that was hurt. It was all a simulation.
CERT trainees pose with their ‘missing person’ after finding him behind a fallen tree at Bear Lake. The group was at Bear Lake to train for search and rescue operations with CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Sgt. Robert Lenzo and K9 Zinc of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office assisted the group.


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