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Learning To Save Lives

By Staff | Mar 27, 2012

Since the first settlements were established in the United States, the idea of neighbors helping their neighbors has been a cornerstone of the American way of life. Today, neighbor still help their own whether it be in times of hardship, misfortune or emergencies a neighbor will be there to offer their help.

Such is the way of the emergency services volunteer the firefighter, the emergency medical technician or paramedic who will respond any hour of the day or night, any day of the week, to the call for help.

For those volunteers – your neighbors, friends, perhaps even a member of your family, being prepared for those calls requires lots of training, which is becoming more and more specialized with advances in technology.

To meet those needs for specialized training, the 20th Annual Iowa Lakes Regional Fire School and Emergency Medical Services Conference will once again provide training in a variety of topics for firefighters and Emergency Medical Services providers during the two-day event, this Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1. The Regional Fire School will be based at the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. Through their attendance at the conference, firefighters and EMS personnel are able to gain “Hands-On” experience as well as meeting continuing education requirements for their certifications.

Firefighters attending the 20th Anniversary Regional Fire School 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, Advanced Auto Extrication, Vehicle Fires and Interior Structure Fire Attack. Other firefighting courses will include Marine Emergencies-Fire on the Water, Responding to Electric Car Emergencies, Building Construction and Recruiting and Retaining Volunteer Firefighters. Additional classes for firefighters will include Fire Ground Tactics, Forcible Entry, Ventilation: Up or Out and Live Fire Training, along with administrative training sessions.

Emergency Medical providers will also have opportunities to participate in training in classes such as Pediatric Assessment, Sickle Cell disease and Aging-Common Geriatric Problems, along with specialized classes covering Blast Injuries, Agitated Delirium and Recognizing Healthcare Implications. 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.