By Steve Warmowski
Photos by Steve Warmowski.
Jacksonville Fire Department Chief Doug Sills said 27 members of the fire department received training last week from Trident Rescue on Morgan Lake in Nichols Park. Firefighters were taught techniques to use inflatable sleds, ladders, ropes and other equipment to pull in people from holes in the ice.
Chief Sills said the probability is low someone would fall through the ice, but such an event would present a high risk because weak ice around the victim would put rescuers at risk. Firefighters spent a full day training – first with a classroom session at the Nichols Park Pavilion then followed by donning dry suits and high visibility ice rescue suits for real world rescues.