City workers hope to take home the win as they compete in emergency response exercises

GARDNER, Kan. --  The folks who drive snow-plows around town in the winter are meeting Tuesday for some friendly competition.

The annual "Snow and Equipment Training Expo" will be held at New Century Air Center in Gardner, Kan.

New this year, city crews will be working with first responders when completing the exercises. The hope is to learn from each other to be better prepared in an emergency.

This is the 27th year for the training. The American Public Works Association plans the training.

Cities from across the metro will represent their local communities by showing off their skills.

Snow-plow drivers will learn how to handle the heavy equipment without damaging obstacles such as mailboxes and cars.

Crews will also learn new safety techniques to make operation as smooth as possible.

This year, crews will also practice trench rescues, which have become more common in recent years.

The training runs through Thursday.

The last four years, Topeka walked away with the championship.

Many other local areas now wanting to take the crown.