SULPHUR, LA (KPLC-TV) – About 160 emergency response officials from across Louisiana registered for the 2nd Annual S.T.A.R.T. (Special Techniques and Response Training) Fest 2010.
The conference, which includes an equipment show, is an opportunity for first responders, like paramedics and firefighters, to brush up on their skills.
"This is kind of teaching them what they may see out there," said Todd Parker, a training tech for the Calcasieu Emergency Response Training Center and organizer of the conference. "[The training conference] help[s] emergency responders perform their jobs more safely and to help everyone of them go home everyday from their jobs."
Classes ranged from vehicle rescue to pump operations to dealing with lost persons and rope rescues. Instructors traveled from as far away as Ft. Worth.
Most of the conference wrapped up on Saturday, but the 20-hour basic rope rescue class continues on Sunday.
In addition to the classes, about 50 vendors took part in an equipment show to show the latest emergency response technology.