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Officers from multiple agencies will be training at condemned property in Madawaska in August

Members of local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be conducting active shooter training exercises in Madawaska during the month of August.

Officers will be using “non-lethal simulated gunfire” during this training which will be conducted Aug. 6 through Aug. 30 in a condemned apartment building on 11th Avenue, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port Director Scott Cyr.

“It’s important to have skills to respond effectively,” Cyr said of the exercises. “The participants will be in their element, so there should be a level of excitement for different agencies.”

It also is important for officers to train with members of other agencies to “enhance the one team one fight concept.”

During the course of the month, there will be 15 training sessions conducted on weekdays and 11th Avenue will be closed off on training days.

Madawaska Police Chief Ross Dubois said the days and times were chosen in hopes of lessening the inconvenience for area residents.

The CBP is required to conduct annual training and other agencies opted to join in.

“It is a win win for us,” said Dubois. “We get quality training for very little expense.”

Town Manager Gary Picard gave the agencies permission to use the condemned property on 11th Avenue before the building is demolished.

“We did ALICE training, prior to this training, with the schools,” Dubois said. “And getting the chance to do training in a residential type of environment will be very beneficial to all agencies.”

The public can expect to hear loud noises such as emergency vehicle sirens, simulated gunfire, and officers communicating through shouting. The officers will be dressed in blue training gear and carrying blue non-lethal weapons.

“There is absolutely no threat to the community,” Cyr said. “Safety is paramount.”

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