In our rural environment lends itself to the idea of neighbors helping neighbors. One of the best examples of this is found in the volunteer fire and emergency medical services in our communities. At any hour of the day or night, and day of the week, a call for help will go out and volunteers, your neighbors, friends, perhaps even a member of your family will respond.
To be one of these priceless volunteers, it requires training and practice to stay abreast of changing technology and trends in our everyday lives. The 21st Annual Spring Fire School and EMS Conference at Iowa Lakes Community College this weekend, March 23-34, will allow these volunteers the opportunity to learn and practice the latest techniques in order to be ready to respond when the time comes.
The Palo Alto County Firemen's Association, Palo Alto County EMS Association and Iowa Lakes Community College sponsor the two-day Fire and EMS School at the Iowa Lakes Campus in Emmetsburg.
The ongoing goal of the weekend program is to provide firefighters and EMS personnel with an opportunity to obtain required continuing-education credits that they need to stay current in certifications and techniques. The school also provides both firefighters and EMS personnel with the opportunities to upgrade their skills through classroom and practical "hands-on" sessions in their respective disciplines.
Firefighters attending the conference will be able to choose courses and seminars ranging from the Essentials of Firefighting - The Basics, to such specialized courses as Big Rig Rescue, Responding to Grain Bin Fires and Rig To Door Door To Fire; new courses at this year's school. Also to be offered for rescuers will be a course on Tractor Rollovers, Grain Bin Rescue, Hazardous Materials Refresher Courses, the Art of Reading Smoke and Fire Cause Determination, along with a pair of new courses, Crash Scene Management and Hazardous Materials Have You Got the Right Play Book?
Also to be offered will be EMS Continuing Education classes including Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Emergency Care for Special Needs, Medical Emergencies, Fire Rehab and Sickle Cell Disease.
Hands-on learning is the hallmark of the Spring Fire and EMS school. Students will don turnout gear and breathing apparatus to actually put water on flames and Responders will also get "hands-on" in a special in the Tractor Rollover and Big Rig Rescue courses, using Jaws of Life equipment and air bags, along with other extrication technology.
Several displays by vendors of various emergency equipment and accessory manufacturers will also be available for viewing during both days at the Iowa Lakes Community College campus.
Saturday's session will begin 7:30 a.m. with registration. A welcoming ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Saturday's classes will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will continue through 3:30 p.m. Sunday's classes will begin at 8:30 a.m., with registration starting again at 7:30 a.m., with classes ending at 3:15 p.m.
For more information contact Iowa Lakes Community College Continuing Education at 712-852-5242.