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Reigniting a firefighting passion: Windom Fire/Rescue to host free four-hour training event

WINDOM — Experiencing what’s described as a regional and statewide decline in applicants for open firefighter positions, the Windom Fire Department is hoping to reignite a spark and passion for the firefighting service.

The Windom Fire and Rescue will host a four-hour training opportunity Jan. 16 at the Windom Community Center for not only its own members, but to other fire and emergency medical services professionals across the region, Minnesota and surrounding states. The event is free, thanks to a conference and seminar grant from the Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education.

The seminar will include training from Rick Lasky — a 38-year veteran of the fire service. According to a press release, the program will focus on taking pride and ownership of the duty to serve as well as take an upfront and honest criticism about the need to reignite the love of the job on every level, from chiefs down.

“We’re starting to see the decline in applications for open firefighter positions,” said Mark Marcy, WFD assistant fire chief and safety/training coordinator, about what both the WFD and departments statewide are experiencing. “Sometimes people can lose that passion, and we’re hopeful that we can keep that passion up for the fire service — for our fire department and for our community — so we can retain our firefighters. We want our firefighters to have that passion for the fire service and stay on the department until retirement.”

The program will feature topics such as: Our Mission; The Firefighter; The Company Officer; The Chief; Our Town Families; Ceremonies That Stoke the Flames of Tradition; Marketing Your Fire Department; Making It All Happen and Taking Care of No. 1; and Have You Forgotten?

Understanding the financial and geographical struggle to attend training opportunities in larger metropolitan areas, Marcy said the WFD is happy to open this free training opportunity to fire and EMS professionals in the area.  As of mid-week, about 85 individuals had signed up from cities in Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota.

To register for the event, contact Marcy at (507) 822-0885 or