NORTH MANKATO —
Staska, the instructor, works in Austin and coordinates training in his part of the state. His Mankato counterpart is Bob Scheidt, a fire and rescue consultant at SCC.
The weekend fire training, attended this year by more than 800 firefighters and instructors, is held every year at SCC. The school offers 47 classes, in four-, eight- or 12-hour varieties.
New this year is a class on handling fires around liquefied petroleum gas tanks. An LP tank was brought in from a nearby farm co-op, filled with water and set aflame to demonstrate how a relief valve works. The valve shunts off pressure and heat when the contents of an LP tank start to boil and expand, a possible precursor to an explosion.
The school is also putting together a class for fires at corn-drying machines, though it wasn’t ready in time for this weekend.