700 Firefighters Participating in Fire School in North Mankato this Weekend

(March 6, 2015) The 2015 Fire/EMS/Rescue School and Expo is bringing 700 firefighters from across the region to South Central College’s North Mankato campus on weekend of March 7 and 8. The long-standing event is hosted annually by the Fire and Rescue Department of South Central College’s Center for Business and Industry (CBI).

Much of the training combines classroom instruction with hands-on exercises. Hands-on simulation trainings include a plane crash, grain bin emergency, automobile extrication and bus and heavy truck rescue. The plane crash simulation utilizes a real airplane, which CBI acquired last summer. This year’s grain bin emergency exercise has been enhanced thanks to CBI’s new bigger and better grain bin simulator. Both these units are used year-round by CBI to train firefighters and rescue personnel from around the country.     

While most of the hands-on exercises take place at the campus, some of the training will be off-site. These include cold water rescue, rope rescue and firefighting on a controlled structure burn.

In addition to participating, many area fire departments are furnishing manpower and equipment to support the training.

The Center for Business and Industry (CBI) at South Central College provides education, training and consulting to help businesses and organizations improve performance and productivity. More than 15,000 professionals receive training through CBI annually.