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112015 N PJ Simulator1Cloquet firefighters train on new driving simulator

By Jana Peterson on Nov 19, 2015 at 6:46 p.m.


On Monday, four firefighters from the Cloquet Area Fire District each crashed a fire truck — some of them multiple times.

Happily, it was all part of a high-tech video simulation aimed at teaching them better driving habits when they're driving fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.

Known as a mobile driving simulator, the fire district's latest training tool is housed in a shiny red trailer. Inside, there are two different training stations: one for training to drive a full-size fire truck; the other for ambulances, squad cars, and command vehicles (pickup trucks and SUVs that also are part of an emergency response). Massive video screens cover the front and sides of each end of the trailer's interior. Instrument panels, a steering wheel and a comfy captain's chair complete the replication of the cab of a fire truck or other emergency vehicle, complete with sirens and lights.

Read more: CAFD Firefighters Conduct Drivers Training

Klatt and BoedigheimerPlease join us in wishing Ken Klatt and Craig Boedigheimer a Happy Retirement!!

Ken has been with the Cloquet Area Fire District for 19 years, and Craig for 6. Both have spent a total of 37 years in the fire service.

We would like to thank both of you for all that you have done to serve the District and our community. Best wishes!!

Apt 205An afternoon fire displaces one family from multi unit apartment.
CAFD units responded this afternoon to a structure fire at 812 Tall Pine Lane. Upon arrival units confirmed a working fire in a single second floor apartment. Firefighters stretched attack lines to the second floor and extinguished a fire in the living room of the apartment. The entire unit was heavily damaged by heat and smoke, but firefighters were able to contain the fire to the single apartment.

The occupant was not home at the time of the fire, and smoke detectors and the building alarm system alerted other residents to the fire. Cloquet PD assisted with the evacuation of the building and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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District Fire Chief

Kevin M. Schroeder

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