NM Park Rangers Getting Specialized Training

KRWG News – SANTA FE, N.M. (krwg) Rangers working for New Mexico State Parks are getting specialized training from the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Seventy-five park rangers are receiving training on first responder operations in rural terrain.

Fifty park officers have completed the training and 25 more will attend sessions in June.

The program addresses the needs of officers working along the southern border and in rural areas.

Authorities say rural terrain requires different techniques, tactics and procedures. The course covers high-risk movement techniques, vehicle drills, downed officer or citizen rescue and patrols.

Texas State University at San Marcos developed the training for state-certified peace officers, federal law enforcement officers and military personnel.

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