ROCHESTER, Minn. — On Saturday and Sunday, Riverland Community College, with the help of Rochester Community and Technical College, hosted a Fire, EMS, and Rescue School for area firefighters.
In the mornings, firefighters attended various classroom-style courses. In the afternoons, they got their gear ready and headed outside to get hands-on experience practicing skills needed during fire, EMS, and rescue situations.
Classroom-style morning classes included Firefighter Cancer Awareness and Top Ten Fire Scene Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.
Hands-on afternoon courses included advanced rope rescue, where firefighters practiced safely lowering each other from the top of a building, and advanced auto extrication, where firefighters reviewed how to properly stabilize a car to safely remove people from inside.
Around 370 firefighters from 112 different fire departments attended the school.
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