Firefighters Learn New Training Techniques At Fire School


Whether you’re a new volunteer firefighter or seasoned vet, there’s always something new to learn. That’s what the Fall Southeast Fire School was all about today in Viborg. 

“We’ve got people that are brand new to their department and some people that have 30 or 40 years on their department that still come to these schools,” said Kludt.

Throughout the day, the volunteer firefighters will go through instructor led rescue simulations, for example, learning how to save someone from a grain bin. Along the way they’ll learn new techniques as well as old ones that they could use in the field.

The school changes towns each session and the classes can be requested for the next one. 

“We try to offer classes that maybe a department doesn’t have that kind of equipment or they just don’t have the type of are to be able to hold a particular class,” said Kludt.

Matt Burtz teaches a swimming and diving class and says that he loves sharing his knowledge with the others. 

“Doing this, this scenario hopefully it’ll drive home some of what they’ve seen here in the classroom and be able to find that ‘last seen’ point and make things happen a lot quicker,” said Burtz.  

Fire schools for individual districts happen during fall and spring along with a statewide school that happens every year and some classes are even open to the public. 

“A couple classes going on, that are geared towards family members, the general public, anyone that has an interest in the emotional and the stress portions that go along with being an emergency responder,” said Kludt. 

The volunteers learn plenty of information and techniques to take back with them that could help them in the long run. 

“Unfortunately, a lot of these people will go home and at some point in time they’re going to be faced with this type of an incident but their going to go “you know what, I remember this now from that training we did that one day,” said Kludt

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