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Speedway Fire-Rescue (SFR), a volunteer organization, is holding its annual Motorsports Conference, a two-day training session, this weekend. The training takes place this Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, at the Keppy 4-H Building at Davenport’s Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St.

Chief Gil Short, 80, founded SFR, a non-profit 501C3 organization based in Davenport, five decades ago. Volunteers, who are trained in firefighting, vehicle extrication and emergency medical service, serve each year from April through October at more than half a dozen auto race tracks in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.


They also have worked at the Quad City Air Show.The SFR volunteers will receive training this weekend in the latest firefighting and rescue techniques and will receive a refresher as to what they have learned in the past.The SFR volunteers will take part in classes and roundtable presentations plus hands-on training outside.


A tentative agenda listing course content and class times, a copy of this advisory, a jpg of the SFR logo and a photo of Chief Short are attached to this email. As always, the media are invited to cover one or both days of this potential life-saving event. For more information, contact: Assistant Chief Karri Coyne, SFR secretary and training coordinator at (563) 370-6446, or


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