Released January 8, 2021
WEYBURN – Over the course of the past two months, members of the Weyburn Fire Department (WFD) have been diligently refreshing their skills with ice rescue.
This included training at Nickle Lake and running various rescue scenarios to become more proficient with our equipment and tactics.
There are many technical services that the WFD performs besides just fighting fires. Local firefighters provide services include vehicle extrication, hazardous materials mitigation, ice rescue, water rescue, as well as low and high angle rope rescue. The WFD also has a member that is a public safety diver.
All these disciplines require highly specialized equipment, maintenance and extensive training. Currently, the WFD is well equipped and ready to perform these hazardous rescues and would like to remind everyone to please ensure the ice thickness prior to venturing out on it.
“There are many factors that can affect ice quality so please check it frequently,” said Deputy Fire Chief Denis Poulin. “The best rescue scenario is not having to perform one.”