Residents in the North Mankato and Mankato area can feel safer this weekend. There will be hundreds of trained personnel available to deal with any emergency that arises. In fact, it’s training for such emergencies that is bringing firefighters to South Central College’s North Mankato campus on March 7 and 8. 

The 2020 Minnesota State Fire/Rescue/EMS School and Expo will draw nearly 600 firefighters from over 160 fire departments and agencies across the state, as well as more than 100 instructors, vendors and equipment operators, making it the largest fire training school in the state.

The 2020 Minnesota State Fire School gives emergency response personnel an opportunity to receive training that normally might not be available to them throughout the year. The school provides specialized and advanced courses as well as ones that hone or refresh basic skills, in depth, and with live application of those skills. The classes are taught by instructors who are subject matter experts and come from the local area and all across the state.

Firefighters will have access to 45 continuing education courses, with several controlled hands-on training exercises in full gear, including a variety of vehicle extrication and rescue situations. Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., firefighters will practice the latest methods of interior fire attack and rescue operations involving a donated residential structure on a live controlled burn in Good Thunder.