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Regional Fire, EMS School April 2-3 At Iowa Lakes

By Staff | Mar 31, 2011

The rural lifestyle of our area has always fostered the concept of neighbors helping out. Neighbors today still help their own – when one suffers misfortune, others will gather to aid in planting or harvesting his crop, for instance. 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.

It requires a tremendous amount of sacrifice, devotion and training to become and remain one of these priceless volunteers. Ongoing advances in technology and lifestyles make answering the challenge of helping their neighbors even more taxing. Through the 19 th Annual Spring Fire School and EMS Conference at Iowa Lakes Community College on April 2 and 3, these volunteers have an opportunity to learn and practice the latest techniques in order to be ready to respond should the opportunity arise. 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 primary goal of the weekend program is to provide firefighters and EMS personnel with an opportunity to obtain the required continuing-education credits that they need to stay current in certifications and techniques. The event also provides both firefighters and EMS personnel with 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 High Angle Rope Rescue, Hazardous Materials Operations, Handling Propane Emergencies and Rural Water operations. Other firefighting courses will include Fire Investigation of Causes and Origins, Extrication for Passive Restraint systems in new Hybrid vehicles, along with administrative training sessions.

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 Propane Emergencies class, while Rope Rescue class participants will sharpen their skills at the Regional Emergency Response Training Center at Iowa Lakes. Responders will also get “hands-on” in a Rural Water operations class, and will also get their hands dirty during the Fire Investigations Causes and Origins class.

Emergency Medical providers have several classes to choose from during the weekend, including Understanding problems of Aging in the Geriatric patient, Surviving Cardiac Arrest and new Basic Life Support Guidelines, dealing with Agitated Delirium and treating Blast injuries. Additional sessions will provide continuing education unit training for Pediatric Assessments, Recognizing Special Healthcare in Society and Carbon Monoxide and Cyanide Poisoning.

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 1-800-242-5108, extension 5242 for Christina Morey; extension 5306 for Tami Jo Fessler or extension 5226 for Steve Dobbins.