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Iowa State Parks partnering with Farrell’s for defensive technique training

WAUKEE -- About 70 Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks staff will take part in a hands-on tactical training hosted by Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping in Waukee, on March 28. The event is part of an overall training curriculum to help park staff hone safety, fitness and verbal compliance techniques.

While state park staff trains annually through a variety of law enforcement organizations, this is the first time they are partnering with the private fitness center, which is donating both the staff and facility time.

According to Iowa DNR Park Ranger Rod Nelson, who helped coordinate the training, Farrell’s offers unique equipment and fitness strategies that will help staff become better prepared to minimize dangerous situations for both officers and the public.

“Our staff is well trained in several areas that improve safety and work toward peaceful resolutions while people are recreating in our parks,” said Nelson. “This is one more example of how we can partner with organizations like Farrell’s to help us serve the public.”

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