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Regional Fire, EMS School Set For April 10-11

By Staff | Apr 6, 2010

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 18 th Annual Spring Fire School and EMS Conference at Iowa Lakes Community College on April 10 and 11 will accord 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 Water Done Country Style, Combine/Auger Extrication, Forcible Entry, Highway Incident Management, and New Technologies in Hybrid Vehicles, among others.

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 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 geared towards the latest generation of hybrid vehicles.

Other courses will discuss Hazardous Materials Operations Refreshers, Hazardous Materials Operations, and Trauma Alert: Chopper requested, Ground Safety. There will also be classes designed to address training of responders, Solving Medical Complaints, Dealing with Older Patients and Firefighter Rehabilitation.

 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. Classes begin at 8:45 a.m. and will continue through 3:30 p.m. Sunday’s classes 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.