Jaffray fire department hits the ice for rescue training

Members of the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Fire Departments will be out on the ice at Tie Lake this weekend.

  • Jan. 10, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Members of the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Fire Departments will be out on the ice at Tie Lake this weekend as they take part in Ice Rescue Training.

Approximately eight firefighters from the departments will take part in the training, and Chief Dave Boreen said there will be a lot to learn over the two days. “We will learn everything from scene safety and the basics of rescue equipment and boats to self-rescue, rope belaying, using anchors, and organized emergency response methods. It’s going to be a full two days.”

The training will provide participants with certification as Ice Safety Rescue Technicians and is being run by Rescue Canada. The course will involve both classroom and field exercises and the outdoor component of the training will be held at Tie Lake in the area near the Regional Park.

“Through donations the Jaffray Firefighters were able to raise over $9,000 to purchase this ice rescue equipment and I’d like to thank the community for making this training possible,” added Boreen. “With unpredictable ice conditions already this year, this training could not have come at a better time.”