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Emergency Response Training Center a boon for EMS training

By Staff | Jul 16, 2008

The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees Tuesday heard a report on the Regional Emergency Response Training Center at the Iowa Lakes Emmetsburg campus.

Steve Dobbins, EMS Fire and Health programmer, reviewed the grants that had been received for the center designed for fire, police and EMT training. The center is open for training for everything from fire to tactical S.W.A.T. training.

The college received a $518,000 grant from the state to build the facility which consists of a three-story building with sloped roofs and a roof-vent entry. Other features include a forcible entry door and rappelling wall.

The Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation contributed $7,750 for a license and communication radio and smoke machine.

The Iowa Lakes Community College welding program has completed a burn pan and will do one more pan and other projects.

Officially dedicated April 5, the facility was used the day of the dedication for high-angle rescue training since a fire school was held at the same time. Other training since the center has opened has included the law enforcement MART team and ambulance services.

Future plans may call for offering college-level courses at the facility and added courses through the Regional Training School.

Safety and technology features include burn rooms with heat sensors good to 2,000 degrees. Trainees will practice standard operating guidelines and there is a designated radio frequency that will prevent interference with other radio communications in the area.