SPOKANE – Firefighters from Spokane County Fire District 9 sharpen up their ice rescue skills every year, and this year KREM-2’s Danielle Grant got an up-close look at their training.
For the past decade, the firefighters haven’t had to use their ice rescue equipment in a real-life situation. But every year they prepare for that day to come.
“We’re not struggling, we know what to do and how to do it. We’ve been in the water and we know how to retrieve people,” says Captain Dan Garner.
This week the District 9 firefighters put their training to the test on Wandermere Lake. While tethered to the crew on dry land, one firefighter shuffles along the ice on all-fours. Once to the victim he dips into the water and clips the victim onto the rope, and the two are pulled to safety.
KREM 2’s Danielle Grant got a chance to be the victim during this training. She suited up in a special water-proof suit, and got into the frigid water. In this case the firefighters used a special sled to pull Danielle to shore. She stayed warm and dry through it all.