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Local SWAT team crashes through front doors of new gaming property

STATELINE - Warner Hospitality and the Park Family kicked off their $60 million renovation of the coming Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe in true rock n roll spirit Wednesday, Aug. 13. As part of a hostage situation training exercise, the South Lake Tahoe SWAT team crashed open the building doorsjust one of the many training exercises being performed by first responders and special operatives at the construction site.

Warner Hospitality and the Park family welcomed emergency and first responder teams to use the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino construction site as a training facility. Since the large-scale renovation calls for significant demolition, emergency personnel have the unique opportunity to practice scenarios in a realistic, but controlled environmentkeeping them safe, and the residents and visitors of Lake Tahoe even safer.

The opportunity for the South Lake Tahoe Police Department to engage in critical incident scenario training in a commercial structure such as this one is invaluable, said South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler. This is a rare opportunity and could not be possible without the Hard Rock Hotel and Casinos cooperation and generosity in supporting local first responder incident training.

South Lake Tahoe Police Sergeant Josh Adler mentioned that other units were able to utilize the space for training as well.

The South Lake Tahoe Police K9 Unit has benefited tremendously with the opportunity of training at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino over the last several weeks. Our team has been able to enact agitator trainings in lighted and blacked out scenarios with both the K9 trainers, handlers and the SWAT team.

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