Cloquet, MN (Northlands Newscenter)
-- The Cloquet Area Fire District is taking advantage of federal dollars to ratchet up their training program.
"It's one of seven or eight in country and the only one of its kind in Minnesota," said Cloquet Area Fire District Chief Kevin Schroeder.
Through the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant, the Cloquet Area Fire District was able to locate 226,000 dollars to purchase a new mobile fire training center.
"Training has been a major priority of ours over the last few years and we applied for this particular tower and we were successful in receiving this grant," said Schroeder.
The mobile tower is designed to sharpen firefighting skills like ladder placement, search and rescue, victim rescue, and high-level rescue.
"The frequency of high or low angle events is very low so it's important to stay sharp and train on a regular basis to keep our skill set up," said Jesse Buhs with the Fire District.
"There is a very large dis-connect between reading about pulling somebody out of a second or third story window and actually performing it, and this unit will allow us to do that," said Schroeder.
40 foot repels are part of the training: the firefighters are practicing to keep themselves safe with saving others.
"This tower has a lot of built in safety features we build them into the systems that we use and we always ensure that our people are as safe as possible."
Because in a firefighters line of work, safety comes first, and this tower will help those risking their lives to save yours.
Other fire crews in the region will be allowed to use the unit. People can see it this Saturday at the Hermantown Safety Expo.