Emergency Services Conference features live burn simulation, advanced ATV training and more

The 2012 Cook County Emergency Services Conference will be held April 27-28 at the Cook County Community Center. This is the 23rd annual conference for local and regional emergency response personnel. There are many exciting training opportunities, including a live burn simulation and advanced ATV training for emergency responders.
The ATV training is new this year. The Cook County ATV Club worked to get a qualified instructor for the conference because the club was econcerned about inexperienced people being called on to search for and/or transport patients with ATVs. “It would be terrible to have a rescuer injured in the midst of a rescue,” said ATV Club President Mickey Brazell.
ATV Club Secretary Rhonda Silence said, “We know that fire department and/or ambulance staff do not normally travel into the woods to get patients...but we also know that in emergency situations, people are called on to fill in wherever possible. So, we think this is great training for everyone in the ES service.”
Thanks to funding from the Cook County Sheriff's Department, the Emergency Services Conference has retained Steve Jacobson of St. Cloud, a retired (31-year) DNR Conservation Officer who teaches advanced conservation officer/law enforcement training. He has also been a DNR-certified youth ATV safety instructor since 1981, so he has taught all levels of ATV safety.
Jacobson is an "avid ATV enthusiast" who has logged over 80,000 miles of riding in all conditions from the Rocky Mountains to the Moab Desert to trails all over Minnesota and neighboring states. As a conservation officer, he was involved in a number of search and rescue operations that involved transporting patients, so he has had real-life experience in what he is teaching.
The training will be held in three sessions: Friday, April 27 from 1 - 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1- 5 p.m. at Mickey Brazell's property at 139 Bally Creek Road.
Anyone interested in participating in this training is asked to contact Emergency Management Director Jim Wiinanen at 387-3059.
This year’s sessions also include safety around electric cars and car crashes, regional and state threat assessment and state response teams and safety around medical helicopter operations, and also training in National Incident Management System and Incident Command System and the ARMER public safety radio system.
In addition to hands-on training participants also gain experience participating in tabletop exercises covering a variety of scenarios that might occur in our area.
The conference is the annual opportunity to acknowledge the Outstanding Emergency Service Provider and the Dolly Johnson Friend of Emergency Service from the previous year. A group of volunteers help plan and coordinate conference activities.
Community support makes this conference possible. Donations for the conference can be sent to the Law Enforcement Center: Emergency Services Conference, 143 Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN 55604. For additional information contact Emergency Management Director Jim Wiinanen at 218-387-3059.
Registration is only available online at the Cook County website: http://www.co.cook.mn.us/index.php/esc-registration