MN Highway Safety & Research Center

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Fire/EMS Driving Programs

Courses are offered year-round. Our full-time, nationally certified instructors tailor each course to the needs of today's departments and crews. We can customize training for your department's needs.

Departmental permission is required. A hold harmless agreement (PDF) must be on file.

To schedule a date or learn more about our custom courses, email mhsc@stcloudstate.edu or call 320-255-3123 or 888-234-1294.

Advanced Driving Skills for Fire/EMS/First Responder

Tailored to the fire and EMS industries. We will explore industry trends and challenges and review current standards and Minnesota statutes. This course is offered as open enrollment as well as customized for entire departments.

These skills-based exercises reinforce our classroom instruction:

  • Vehicular control techniques.
  • Collision avoidance.
  • Confined space operations.
  • Braking, with emphasis on anti-lock brake systems.
  • Human reaction time.
  • Effects of fatigue.
  • Proper visual scanning techniques.
  • Straight line braking.
  • Electronic stability control.
  • Serpentine.
  • Backing and mirror set-up and usage.
  • Intersection management.
  • Large vehicle cornering.
  • Lights and siren response.

Traffic Incident Management

An alarming number of emergency responders are struck, injured or killed, by passing motorists while working at roadway incidents. 

Our Traffic Incident Management course teaches a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. Effective TIM reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents and improves the safety of motorists, crash victims and emergency responders. 

You can take our 3-hour course at the MHSRC facility or your own facility. 

On-Duty Ride Along for Professionals

This one-on-one evaluation will educate those who are experiencing driving difficulties or have high accident rates. Rates are hourly starting from the time the instructor leaves the MHSRC and ending when they return to the MHSRC. Contact MHSRC or call 320-255-3123 or 888-234-1294 to schedule.