- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - About 500 South Dakota firefighters are expected to attend the annual state fire school this week in Sioux Falls.

The event will run Thursday through Saturday.

Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says the school allows firefighters from departments of all sizes to share ideas. He adds that “the situations each department encounters may be different, but many of the issues facing firefighters are the same.”

The guest speaker for Thursday’s night banquet is Mount Vernon native and Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway.

This year’s event is hosted by the Minnehaha County Fire Chief’s Association, the South Dakota Firefighters Association and the South Dakota State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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