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.