State Fire School in Sioux Falls


Firefighter training is an ongoing process for most firefighters, whether new or a seasoned veteran, they continue to attend classes and training during their entire career. Recently over 500 firefighters attended the South Dakota State Fire School in Sioux Falls, June 2-4, 2016. Lennox Volunteer Fire Dept. was represented, as Nathan Strasser, local volunteer and Sioux Falls Firefighter was asked to be one of the instructors. Strasser was assisted by two other Sioux Falls firefighters and area volunteers, John Fischer, Lennox and Andy Wall who volunteers with Parker. Lennox Volunteer firefighter Wayne Fischer also assisted.

The annual state Fire School was hosted by the Minnehaha County Fire Chief’s Association, the South Dakota Firefighters Association and the South Dakota State Fire Marshal’s Office.

“What is so good about this school is this is a chance for firefighters from departments of all sizes to come together and share ideas,” says Fire Marshal Paul Merriman. “The situations each department encounters may be different, but many of the issues facing firefighters are the same. The school is a great way for firefighters to learn from each other.”

The guest speaker was Chad Greenway, a Mt. Vernon native and member of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.

Classes on various firefighting topics were scheduled, as well as a water relay competition and a parade.

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