SUNDEW Still Provides Real-Life Scenarios for Training

By KBJR News 1

October 19, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Crews with the U.S. Coast Guard, Minnesota National Guard, and Duluth Fire Department held a training exercise Thursday aboard the cutter.

The goal of any exercise performed by the 55th Civil Support Team is to increase the ability to respond to diverse scenarios in different environments.

According to Major Thomas Kernz, of the state Army National Guard, training under real–life circumstances, in a controlled environment, helps all coordinating agencies prepare for the unpredictable.

"It could be 500 different things. Our job is to—in a very short time—narrow those 500 down to 50 things that it could be, and then when our entry teams go downrange, narrow that down to just a few," said Kernz.

Major Kernz says the SUNDEW is an ideal vessel on which to train for the ever–changing scenarios in the Duluth Harbor.