Packers Preseason Opponents AnnouncedSubmitted: 04/04/2013
Story By Green Bay Packers Public Relations

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers' preseason schedule is highlighted by a nationally televised contest at Lambeau Field against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, Aug. 23. The preliminary schedule was released by the National Football League on Thursday.

Date Opponent Time TV
Aug. 15-19 at St. Louis Rams TBA
Aug. 29-30 at Kansas City Chiefs TBA

Specific dates and times to be announced

The Packers open the preseason against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field after last hosting the Cardinals during the preseason in 2011. This contest will be the 23rd all-time preseason meeting between the two franchises and fourth since the Cardinals moved to Arizona prior to the 1988 season. The teams' first-ever preseason meeting featured the Packers against the Chicago Cardinals on Aug. 16, 1950.

In Week 2 of the preseason, Green Bay will travel to St. Louis to face the Rams. The last time the Packers visited St. Louis for a preseason game, it was to face the St. Louis Cardinals prior to the 1983 season. The game will mark the first preseason meeting between these two franchises since the Rams moved to St. Louis prior to the 1995 season. The last time the two clubs met in the preseason, the Packers faced the Los Angeles Rams in Madison, Wis., on Aug.
6, 1994, at Camp Randall Stadium.

The fifth preseason meeting between the Packers and the Seattle Seahawks will be the fourth in the last 10 years between the two teams. It will be the Seahawks' first preseason trip to Lambeau Field since 2007. Over the past 21 preseasons, the Packers have appeared on national TV at least once in 20 of
those years. CBS will broadcast the game.

The preseason concludes with a road contest against the Kansas City Chiefs, the fourth straight year the teams will have met in the preseason finale and the second time at Arrowhead Stadium.

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It provides training on firefighting and EMS techniques at the Public Safety Center of Excellence in Merrill.

In a simulation training exercise, firefighters have their hoods covering their face so they couldn't see anything when they entered a basement. They had to feel a fire hose and use teamwork to get around and save a dummy.

Firefighters from all over Wisconsin can come to the all-day event. They came to refresh their skills, teach and learn new techniques.

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The school keeps adding other training tools as well. Just this year they added more training features, such as a simulator that allows law enforcement to practice driving trucks, squad cars and EMS vehicles.

On Saturday the students also trained with the aerial ladder.

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UST Fire Apparatus brought a new aerial ladder truck for the students to practice with, and teachers from southern Wisconsin and St. Louis, Mo., also came to help coach.

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