Do Not RISK IT!!
Big Bear Fire Department
Performs Ice Rescue Training
Bear Fire Department Station 282 Crews
performed an Annual Training in the icy covered waters of Big Bear Lake this
The purpose of
the Ice Rescue Training is to keep up the crew-team’s skills and techniques and
be prepared to respond at a moment’s notice when someone might be in distress
on the lake-ice.
Due to warmer
weather conditions of the past few years, the crew hasn’t had an opportunity to
continue their training, nor train new Fire Department personnel.
With the optimal ice conditions Monday, February 11th,
the Big Bear Fire Crew took advantage of the colder temps for Ice Rescue Training.
The department was fortunate to also be able to
incorporate new personnel with its veteran firefighters while training Monday morning.
Rescue Training includes one firefighter portraying a victim on the ice and one
crew member who will engage in the ice rescue. The remainder of the crew stays
on shore monitoring communications and the safety line.
is reminded to Stay
Off Lake Ice! and Keep Pets Off Lake Ice!
from the danger as well. Stay Off Lake Ice! signs are posted
around the lakeshore warning people of the danger. Anyone observed walking on
lake ice is subject to a fine.
Rescuing individuals or animals that have
fallen through the ice is very risky business for both the victim and rescuer.