The Eden Prairie Fire Department works closely with our neighbor and partner agencies on a daily basis, so that we can work seamlessly on an emergency scene.
Last night brought together a few examples of these great working relationships all at once. Each year the Fire Department runs a recruit academy that teaches college level classes to our new firefighters. From September until April, two nights a week recruits attend classes on various topics that they need to know to be an all-hazards responder. We partner with neighboring cities to host this academy, and the cities of Bloomington, Chanhassen, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka and St. Louis Park send firefighters and/or instructors to the academy each year.
This year’s group of recruits is finishing up their academy with two regional response topics: Active Shooter/Mass Casualty and On-scene Safety and Rehab.
Last night the recruits attended the Active Shooter/Mass Casualty training. They received instruction from training experts from Golden Valley Fire, Edina Fire and Eden Prairie Police. They broke into small groups and ran mass casualty scenarios with police officers from Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins and Minnetonka. It was a great show of support from our partner police agencies and showed our new recruits how well we work together to ensure the safety of the citizens we serve.
We appreciate our partners in public safety and their willingness to help educate our new firefighters.