Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, are the dates firefighters from all over the region will be training at the Iowa Lakes Community College Emmetsburg campus.
The purpose of the conference is to provide up-to-date training opportunities for regional firefighters and EMS providers.
“We put a lot of effort into making sure that the classes contain the latest information available,” said Steve Dobbins, Fire/EMS Programmer for Iowa Lakes. “By attending these sessions, we hope to keep our responders safe with a good mix of classroom and hands-on training from Fire School and Fire Service Training Bureau field instructors.”
As usual, the conference will make good use of the Regional Emergency Response Training Center.
“Our three-story training facility will be the site of several of our hands-on classes,” Dobbins said.
Some of those classes are Fire Cause Determination; along with courses which will help firefighters learn methods on handling hose lines; and, a course on the essentials training needed for firefighting.
New classes offered this year: Big Rig Rescue; Responding to Grain Bin Fires; Ethanol Response; CBRNE Protocol Review, Evidence Preservation and Information Sharing; and Crash Scene Management, Your Role in Roadway Management.
Those attending may choose to select either one- or two-day sessions.
The conference flier can be downloaded at www.iowalakes.edu/Continuing_Education.
Questions regarding the classes or flier requests should be directed to Steve Dobbins at 712-852-5226.
To preregister for any of these courses, please call the Iowa Lakes registration staff at 1-800-252-5664 or complete an online registration form for noncredit classes at the above Web site.
Area firefighters will have the chance to work from the Regional Emergency Response Training Center. The masks of the SCBAs on these individuals in this photo are covered to simulate a smoke-filled room.