Frechman Valley Fire School

Friday, September 25, 2015
Emergency responders utilize the McCook Community College ventilation trailer during a Sept. 20, 2015, fire school in McCook, Nebraska. (Photo courtesy McCook Fire Department)

McOOK, Neb. -- More than 40 area firefighters participated in a one-day training course recently, honing their skills in fields ranging from pilot rescue to emergency child labor.

The Frenchman Valley Mutual Aid Fire School was coordinated in McCook, Sunday, at various locations. The training program offers a unique opportunity for emergency responders to receive training in multiple topics.

Classes included the use of an aircraft simulator from the Nebraska State Fire Marshal Training Division. The simulator helps teach proper use of an aircraft to assist fighting wildland fires, setting up non-airport staging areas and notification procedures. The training also included a segment on agriculture-aircraft accidents, materials carried, hazmat, decon, and the safe and proper extrication of a pilot.

The Nebraska State Fire Marshal Training Division's aircraft simulator during a training event in McCook on Sept 20, 2015. (Photo courtesy McCook Fire Department)

The fire school included use of the burn simulator trailer from North Platte, the McCook Community College ventilation trailer, and a course on sports injuries, pediatrics and obstetrics taught by the McCook Fire Department.

Students hailed from Bartley, Benkelman, Cambridge, Imperial, McCook, Stratton, Trenton, Wauneta and the Red Willow Western Rural Fire Department.

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