Events & Training Calendar

Northeast District Fire School - Watertown, SD

Watertown Fire Department Station #2

500 Golf Course Road, Watertown SD

Registration 0730-0830

Intro and Safety 0830-0900

Classes 0900-1200

Lunch 1200-1300

District Meeting 1230-1300

Classes 1300-1700

Class cost $30.00


On-Line Registration will be available through SDFFA website.


Fentanyl and other street drugs - 3 hours, SATURDAY MORNING ONLY

This class is geared to all ranks, whether Fire or EMS.  This class will discuss fentanyl and various other street drugs that are out there, and first responders should be aware of. 

Instructor: SD DCI SA Nate Winter


All Things Auto Extrication 3-hours, SATURDAY MORNING ONLY

This class is open to all ranks, Fire and EMS.  This will be a classroom-based course discussing everything from electric vehicles to school bus extrication.  Discussion will include all aspects of vehicle extrication.  Some real world school bus accident experience will also be discussed from an area department who has had a school bus accident response. 

Instructor: Lt. Chris Noeldner, Watertown Fire and Rescue


Aircraft awareness – 3 hours, SATURDAY AFTERNOON ONLY

From spray planes to medical helicopters, this afternoon class will touch on the basic safety features of the aircraft that we see in rural South Dakota.  We are hoping to have multiple types of aircraft to get an up-close look at.  EMS professional welcome.



Auto Extrication – Hands on SATURDAY AFTERNOON ONLY

This course will give you the opportunity to put what you learned in the morning session to work.  There will be multiple vehicles including a school bus to get hands on experience with.  This class requires full PPE, structure, or extrication.

Lead Instructor: Lt. Chris Noeldner, Watertown Fire and Rescue


Certified Firefighter course practical skills – Hands on ALL DAY

This class is geared to students who are either currently enrolled in a class, planning to take an upcoming class, or need to finish up some skills.  Several skills will be completed and signed off in this full day course.  PLEASE BRING YOUR GREEN CERTIFICATION CARD WITH YOU TO THIS CLASS.  If we have students who need to test out on their skills, please contact Kyle Moser @ 605-881-2247 and we can plan to have a testing station set up as well.  We WILL NOT be doing live fire training with this class.  All area certified firefighter class students should plan to attend this class.

Full Structural PPE and Breathing apparatus is required for this class.

Instructors: Training Chief Nate Sturgeon and LT/Paramedic Lance Hammrich, Aberdeen Fire and Rescue.  More instructors will be helping the day of the school, but Nate and Lance will lead this course. 


**Lunch will be provided with your registration at the school venue.

**EMS hours will be available for all classes.

**Please check the “EVENTS” tab on the SD Firefighters Association to register.

**This school will be a tremendous day of training, please plan to attend!!


Please contact the following with any questions:

Chris Noeldner (Watertown FD) – 605-880-2759

Kyle Schwandt (Milbank FD) – 605-949-0627

Leonard Diebert (Webster FD)– 605-216-4189

Stefan Schroeder (Redfield FD) – 605-460-0305

Mark Stoks (Aberdeen Rural FD) – 605-380-9817

Kyle Moser (SD Fire Marshal’s Office) – 605-881-2247