March 2021

Emergency service personnel from around the area met in Woonsocket on Saturday, March 27, to attend the first of several training sessions to form a regional Rapid Intervention Team (RIT). This group of volunteers will be specially trained in rescuing downed firefighters from a burning building. An RIT is usually only found in larger cities like Sioux Falls because of the number of personnel it takes to perform a firefighter rescue. However, with multiple local organizations working and training together, they hope to add an increased level of safety for both the public and firefighters. The teamwork and camaraderie being built among the organizations is an added bonus to these joint training events.

The volunteers spent Saturday brainstorming, problem solving, and modifying techniques to better adapt to small departments.  Some of the training techniques covered were firefighter mayday communications, safer ways to advance hose lines, basic floor drag, stairway drag, firefighter fall recovery, and firefighter cardiac arrest. 

Organizations participating in this training included Artesian, Town and Country, and Wessington Springs fire departments as well as Jerauld and Sanborn County ambulance. 

…See pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Five Sanborn Central/Woonsocket Blackhawk basketball players were named to 281 All-Conference teams this year.

Members of the Lady Blackhawks who earned 281 All-Conference team honors include Trista White named to the first team, Trinity Boschee, named to the second team, and Brooke Doering named to the third team. All three players are juniors at Woonsocket High School.

Members of the boys Blackhawk team who earned 281 All-Conference honors are Tryce Slykhuis, junior at Sanborn Central High School, named to the second team, and Hayden Beigh, sophomore at Woonsocket High School, named to the third team.

…See photos in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Mr. Rick Olsen, Computer Technology Coordinator for the Sanborn Central and Woonsocket Schools, was recently awarded a plaque for 25 years of coaching in high school sports in South Dakota. Mr. Olsen has coached for sports programs at Mt. Vernon High School (junior varsity girls’ basketball while attending DWU), Alpena High School (boys’ and girls’ elementary school and junior high basketball, assistant boys’ and girls’ high school basketball, assistant track and head girls’ basketball), Woonsocket High School (boys’ and girls’ elementary school and junior high basketball, assistant boys’ and girls’ high school basketball, assistant track, head girls’ basketball, head track and head and assistant volleyball) and now for the SCW Blackhawks (assistant boys’ basketball, assistant track, head volleyball and assistant fifth and sixth grade girls’ basketball). He was given the award at the recent State B Boys’ Basketball Tournament that took place in Aberdeen last weekend.

…See a photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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