Category Archives: Training

Elbow Lake Training with Cook Ambulance

This week the LVFB trained with Cook Ambulance Service on Elbow Lake. Brigade I was launched at Burris Landing, and scenarios began at Elbow Lake Lodge. Twenty-four participants, including seven from the LVFB, worked together to respond to both water and land emergencies throughout the day. It was a great day of training with lots…

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Joint Training with CAS

We had a great turnout for our joint training event with Cook Ambulance on June 19th. Sixteen people from the two agencies attended, and the calm, warm evening was appreciated by all.

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Airboat Training with Cook EMS and Fire

A joint training session was held last weekend for Brigade airboat operators and Cook EMS and Fire. Boat operators practiced unloading the airboat from its trailer and operating the boat on snow and ice. Cook Fire joined operators on the boat to practice drilling through the ice and pumping water through the portable pump, and…

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Elbow Lake Training

The recently LVFB, along with Cook EMS and St. Louis County Dispatch, took part in a day of inter-agency training at Elbow Lake. Training included three scenarios throughout the lake and surrounding area, including a heart event, an unmanned boat circling a dummy, and a broken femur a mile into the woods. Event participants trained…

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ARMER Radio Training for LVFB Volunteers

ARMER, or Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response, is the primary, state-wide communication system for public safety agencies in Minnesota. Over 91,000 ARMER radios are registered in the state! LVFB volunteers met this week for continuing training with the system.

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LVFB Trains with Multiple Local Agencies

The Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade was on hand to assist local fire and rescue agencies in retrieving a snowmobile that had broken through the ice in Oak Narrows in February. Our volunteers practiced using the underwater camera, working with a diver, and maintaining a position in a strong wind.

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Joint Exercise on Drowning

The focus of this exercise was training in search and rescue for a drowning victim.  The operators practiced using the heat-sensing capabilities of the FLIR, as well as retrieving a boarded victim via the landing craft door on Brigade I.

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Night Training

Our volunteer boat operators had night training this week. Lake Vermilion has hundreds of islands and bays, making nighttime navigation tricky. Our boat is equipped with radar, which allows us to safely respond to emergencies after dark.

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Foam Training

The Fire Brigade¬†has been training with this structure-covering foam that’s used to protect buildings neighboring a fire. It prevents the spread of fire to nearby structures by allowing them to absorb water more easily.

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Summer Training

The Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade volunteers had a very busy summer season dividing their time among the critical mission of fire, EMS, and rescue response, continuing education and practical training, presentations and fundraising.

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