Firefighters from across northeast South Dakota will convene in Milbank to conduct their annual training on Saturday, April 23. So, don’t be alarmed if you see groups of firemen in coveralls or full gear and several firetrucks parked in various neighborhoods in Milbank and at Lake Farley.
Milbank is hosting the annual one-day district firefighter training this Saturday at the Milbank Elementary School. Kevin Schuelke, former fire chief and current fire administrator for the Milbank Fire and Rescue team, says, “District and state training is valuable learning and has hands-on experiences we just can’t duplicate at the local level.” Along with classroom instruction, sessions include water and ice incidents, patient assessment and triage, auto extrication, and first-in engine company operations.
The water and ice incident training emphasizes safety, immersion survival suits –also known as GUMBY suits– and rescue watercraft. During a hands-on simulation of a vehicular accident, firefighters will learn patient assessment, triage, and extrication. Assessing patients and monitoring firefighters at structural fires will also be covered.
During the segment of the training called controlling the chaos, firefighters will learn more about first-due priorities and decision-making. They will use a structure to work on skills related to hose line deployment and advancement, flow and move operations, and stairwell pushes — both ascending to a second story fire and descending to the ever dangerous and demanding basement fire. Firefighters from Sioux Falls, Brookings, Vermillion, Watertown, and Aberdeen will share their firsthand knowledge about these situations. Scene size-ups, fire behavior, smoke conditions, water supply, utilizing outside resources, and a strong incident command system will all also be addressed.