NEW INFORMATION: Eau Claire County agency leads SWAT training on Madeline Island

MADELINE ISLAND (WEAU) -- A SWAT team from Eau Claire County led several law enforcement agencies in training for a tactical response.

On Wednesday morning, the crew of about 75 headed up to Madeline Island, which is east of Bayfield. Wisconsin state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies were involved. The drill had investigators utilizing land, air, and water resources to take down faux suspects involved in trafficking illegal materials across Lake Superior to the Island.

"You push them outside that comfort zone, you make it difficult for them," said Lt. Rod Stearns of the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department. "You use a variety of different things they have never done before; going to an Island, that has never been done before. And, um, then you throw all kids of loops in it to see if they can over come each and every one of those."

The U.S. Coast Guard, Wisconsin DNR, and the Army National Guard were also involved in the exercise.
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area SWAT team is among the agencies heading to Madeline Island for training on Wednesday.

The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office Tactical Team is joining the other agencies for the training, which involves the arrest of a "fictitious subject" on the island. A picture tweeted by the sheriff's office Wednesday morning shows a helicopter in flight, with a message saying "In air action shot - thanks to Lt. Stearns and many Department Heads around the state for a great training event!"

Law enforcement teams from Superior, La Crosse and Eau Claire are also among those involved, along with officers from LaPoint, Ashland, Bayfield, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Wisconsin DNR Warden service, and the National Park Service. They will also practice utilizing federal resources like the United States Coast Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and the U.S. Army National Guard. The exercise is scheduled to end at 3 p.m. Wednesday.


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