In Sioux Falls, 11 firefighters-in-training braved the snow and cold for outdoor drills.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue takes a group of cadets and turns them into fire fighters with an intense 10-week training program.
"Everything from live fires to vehicle extrication and a lot of EMS. Over half of our calls are EMS so we do a lot of that," Training Battalion Chief Brad Goodroad said.
Tuesday, the cadets were training outside on how to hook up fire hydrants.
Even though the cold wind and snow can be painful at times, the cadets say it's actually beneficial for their training.
"There's slippage factor on the ground. You're hauling heavy equipment. There's snow and sleet. There's always in colder weather the possibility of the hydrant being frozen. Along those lines. So you always got to kind of have a second plan in place," Cadet Tony Hanson said.
Hanson is one of the cadets training and says he can already tell the job is something that suits him perfectly.
"I went to the U of M for a while and I just got a little stagnant and didn't like what I was doing. And saw an ad for a fire science class and took it. Started really liking it," Hanson said.
"Some of them come in with some experience and some have no experience. It really depends on the person. So we just treat them all the same from the start and so that we have a good product in the end that we can put out on the shift," Goodroad said.
Hanson says even though it's only the third week, he feels excited about joining the crew and learning more skills on the job.
"I think it's something you're always doing throughout your whole career, is always being mentally prepared and making yourself better. So it's an ongoing process. But I think it's a good foundation that we've been starting here," Hanson said.
The fire rescue tests for new cadets every other year. They will be testing again in 2015.