Tyce Meyer, Justin Mennenger, Bobby Ramler, Tim Gruis and Ben Minihan strap patient Kyle Murphy to the board.

July saw both the Onida Fire Department and the Blunt Rural Fire Department conducting training exercises to hone the skills that would be needed should an emergency arise.

On Tuesday, July 14, Onida firefighters trained in the Onida Swimming Pool for the possibility of a water rescue on Lake Oahe. By doing the training under controlled conditions, the firefighters determined best methods for backboarding patients and how to handle issues that could crop up during a water rescue.

The Blunt Rural Fire Department conducted extrication training. Using a donated vehicle, firefighters practiced safety measures such as cribbing, operating the spreader, and used other implements for extracting victims from wrecked vehicles.