Rapid City Fire Department conducts ice rescue training this week
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Fire Department is conducting ice rescue training all this week at Canyon Lake Park.
Through Friday firefighters with the department will be conducting ice rescue training for new recruits and as a refresher for the rest of the department. Ice rescues are not a frequent occurrence, but it’s important to keep the department’s skill fresh with the high risk involved.
“They’re not something that we have a ton of but when we do have them they poss a great deal of risk to both the responder and the victim. and if we don’t practice these skills we experience skill degradation and we lose those skills.” said Lt. Jim Bussell, Rapid City Fire Department.
The department conducts the training annually to ensure each member has the skills necessary to perform an ice rescue quickly and efficiently.
“You know if you look at Rapid City we have bodies of water all throughout the community; Roosevelt Pond, Memorial Pond, Canyon Lake spread out over. We have mutual aid responsibility outside of the city limits, you know near by in Rapid Valley and things like that. So it’s important for every engine company in the city to have these skills.” said Bussell.
Training will continue at Canyon Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the rest of the week. During the exercise the park will remain open and members of the public are invited to view the training from outside the area’s boundaries.