Training includes hands-on vehicle extrication and structure fire exercises

Southern Minnesotans who see smoke and hear sirens originating from upper North Mankato this weekend need not panic. There will be hundreds of trained personnel available to deal with any emergency that arises. In fact, it’s training for such emergencies that is bringing firefighters to South Central College’s North Mankato campus on March 1 and 2.

The 2014 Minnesota State Fire/EMS/Rescue School and Expo will draw 650 firefighters from 168 fire departments and agencies across the state, as well as more than 100 instructors, vendors and equipment operators, making it one of the largest fire training schools in the state.

Firefighters will have access to 63 continuing education courses, with several hands-on training exercises in full gear. These include a variety of vehicle extrication, a grain bin emergency and other rescue situations all on the grounds of South Central College. There will also be controlled burns of three structures off site, where firefighters will practice the latest methods of interior fire attack and rescue operations.

The 2014 Minnesota State Fire/EMS/Rescue School and Expo is an event of the Fire and Rescue department from South Central College’s Center for Business and Industry (CBI), which provides education, training and consulting to help businesses and organizations improve performance and productivity. More than 15,000 professionals receive training through CBI annually.

 The following fire departments are furnishing manpower and equipment to help support the training: North Mankato, Mankato, Lake Crystal, St. Peter, Waterville, Henderson, Good Thunder, Nicollet, Janesville,  Eagle Lake, Sibley County Air Truck, Le Sueur, Waseca, Madison Lake, South Bend, St. Clair, Cleveland, Belle Plaine, Waseca, Kasota, Winthrop and Glencoe.

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South Central College is a comprehensive community and technical college with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, and a proud member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.