Approximately 1,625 people from Nebraska and several other states attended the 74th annual Nebraska State Fire School May 20-22 in Grand Island.
The event was offered by the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association in cooperation with the State Fire Marshals Training Division, Heartland Events Center/Fonner Park and Central Community College-Grand Island.
Participants were able to take classes on agricultural emergency and extrication principles, basic pump operations, emergency vehicle operations, fire investigation, foam operations, forcible entry techniques, initial company operations, introduction to firefighting, rope rescue techniques, rural water supply and practical hydraulics, railroad hazardous materials, terrorism awareness, thermal imaging cameras, vehicle extrication, wildland fires, 21st century leadership and other topics. Mobile live burn simulators also were held.
The following individuals from the area completed at least nine hours out of the 12 hours of classroom training offered at the school:
Jacob Miller and John Mueller, both of Exeter and Dennis Deepe and Don Swartzendruber, both of Shickley.