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Regional Fire And EMS School Takes Place This Weekend

By Staff | Apr 2, 2009

Any day of the week, at any hour of the day or night, a call for help will go out and volunteers, your neighbors, friends, perhaps even a member of your family – will respond. For firefighters and emergency medical technicians, being prepared to deal with situations is truly a life or death proposition – and through attendance at the 17 th Annual Spring Fire School and EMS Conference at Iowa Lakes Community College, these volunteers will be ready to respond to that call for help.

The annual Fire and EMS School is set for this Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5, at the Iowa Lakes Campus in Emmetsburg. As in past years, the Palo Alto County Firemen’s Association, Palo Alto County EMS Association and Iowa Lakes Community College are jointly sponsoring the Fire and EMS School.

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 Trench Rescue, Grain Bin Rescue, Ice Rescue and Ethanol Plants for First Responders: Emergency Response.

If the adage of learning by doing is any indication, students at the Fire and EMS School take the saying to heart, as they will don turnout gear and breathing apparatus to actually put water on flames during the Interior Fire Attack class at the Regional Emergency Response Training Center at Iowa Lakes. Responders will also get “hands-on” in a special Combine Extrication course, using Jaws of Life equipment and air bags, along with other extrication technology.

The evolution of technology in the automotive field, including new hazards posed by hybrid vehicles, will be explained to rescuers during the session.

Other courses will discuss railroad related emergencies, Fire Reporting, Advanced Life Support for the First Responder, Hazardous Materials Operations Refreshers, Confined Space, Solving Common Medical Complaints and Trauma Alert: Chopper requested, Ground Safety.

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 1-800-252-5664, or (712) 362-7231.