Submitted and Review staff
Members of the Rimbey Fire Department recently partook in ice-rescue training operations at Gull Lake to expand their knowledge of the difficult procedure and to prepare in case the situation arises.
“The late fall and early spring always brings news stories of victims falling through the thin ice,” said Deputy Fire Chief Bonnie Grundy. “Every year we hear about trucks, skidoo’s, and quads racing out on the lake. With the expanding population and the amount of lakes, rivers, creeks and sloughs in our area we believe that ice rescue is necessary. Rimbey Fire and Rescue feels that we have made a commitment to our community member’s safety.”
Grundy said Rob Jaap, and Mark Remple of the Sylvan Lake Fire Department instructed 10 members of Rimbey Fire Department members on ice rescue techniques during the course that must be recertified each year.
“We would like to thank Wayne Danser for allowing us the use of the marina and his backhoe,” Grundy said. “Also thank you to the Rimbey Lions Club for the donation to purchase two dry suits and equipment.”
Grundy added that the fire department is also seeking two additional dry suits and related equipment including an open-ended iceboat and life jackets. Members of the public who wish to help purchase these items can leave a donation at the Town of Rimbey office, or the fire donation boxes available in various stores in the community.