ST. CLOUD - Area police and fire departments gave the St. Cloud community a chance to see the ins and outs of emergency services equipment.

The event was sponsored by the Toward Zero Deaths Stearns and Benton Counties Coalition and the Mille Lacs County Safe Roads Coalition. The coalitions having been working hard recently to lower crashes on Highway 23 from Milaca to Richmond.

A few other agencies such as Life Link III are also involved. Life Link III is the areas air medical transportation.

Laura Adamek is a flight nurse with Life Link III, she says they have seen less fatal and serious injury crashes since the coalitions came together.

"The Towards Zero Death initiative has definitely helped decrease our fatalities and motor vehicle accidents that we have had to respond to. It's a really good collaboration that we have between air transport, ground ambulance services, fire, EMS. It's been a really good collaboration that has helped really bring everybody together."

The event was seen as an opportunity for all the agencies to give a hands-on educational experience to people who came. Adamek says its a great opportunity for services like Life Link III to show the community what it is they can do with the Air Ambulance.

"I think the old school thought with helicopters is just get them in and we just flew fast. We have the medical capabilities to not only fly fast, but we're going to get you better on the way."

The event started on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. and ran until 7:00 p.m. at the CentraCare Health Plaza.

Justin LaBounty WJON