Nebraska firefighters receive savings training | Grand Island Local News
Horn said the hugely popular event statewide is regularly busy, especially since it’s not necessarily necessary.
In addition to lessons and demonstrations, dozens of vendors were available with items such as fire engines – one vendor had a pink firefighter’s helmet on display – and state-of-the-art safety gear. Appliance vendors displayed their brightest and fanciest trucks, ambulances and other vehicles.
The three-day event opened with announcements, awards and discipline-specific traditions.
The 2021 School of Fire keynote speaker was Chief Billy Greenwood. Greenwood is the Fire Chief at TF Green International Airport in Warwick, RI. He also has a wealth of experience in teaching firefighting skills and tactics. Greenwood also hosts the radio show “Tap the Box on Fire Engineering Radio”.
The training extravagance, in its 84th year, was organized by a special committee, the NSVFA Board of Directors, the State Fire Marshal’s Training Division and many other contributors.
Council members, who hail from across the state, arrive on Grand Island on Sunday evening, Horn said. “Monday at 7 am, we ran to the ground. It takes us about 3½ to 4 days to set up the whole of Fonner Park, the Heartland Event Center and the Expo Center, ”he said.
It takes a day and a half to tear everything down and put things away, Horn said.