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Fire, EMS, and rescue school keep firefighters' skills sharp

Firefighters from all over the area had the opportunity to take classes to brush up on their skills and learn the latest techniques

Posted: Apr 8, 2018 2:49 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2018 6:13 AM

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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