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Sandpoint sets training exercises

| September 9, 2022 7:04 PM

SANDPOINT — If you hear what you think is gunfire and see a large police presence in south Sandpoint on Monday, don't be alarmed.

The Sandpoint Police Department will be conducting a police training exercise on at 509 Marion Ave., beginning at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m

During the exercise, City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton said neighbors may hear simulated gunfire and yelling and there will be a large officer presence in the area.

Stapleton said Selkirk Fire also will be conducting training exercises at the house as well. However, due to the location and proximity to other homes, this will not include a “live-burn” training.

“These structures are not easy to come by and Selkirk Fire would like to thank the property owners for thinking of us, and allowing us to utilize it for training, prior to demolition," Chief Gavin Gilcrease said. "Their generosity supports our efforts to hone our response skill sets in a realistic environment."

Fire training exercises will be ongoing until Sept. 19, which may result in the occasional closure of the street to through traffic for the safety of the firefighters and the public. Training times will begin after 10 a.m. and will conclude by 5 p.m.

There will be no training evolutions conducted on Sundays.

If any community members have questions or concerns, please contact the Sandpoint Police Department at 208-265-1482 or Bonner County Dispatch at 208-265-5525.