Cold Water/Ice Rescue Drill
On Saturday Feb 18 members from Beechwood and Cascade Volunteer Fire Departments participated in a cold water/ice rescue drill on Beechwood Lake. This is the 2nd drill Beechwood held this season. The ice conditions this season were very challenging due to the unusually warm daytime temperatures. Ice depths ranged from 12 inches to 1 inch in a distance of about 15ft. Rescuers broke through thin ice before reaching open water, making rescue efforts more challenging. All personnel on the ice wore cold water/ice rescue suits and are tied off with 300ft safety ropes to an anchor point which was BWFD's UTV stationed on land. Each rescuer also had a support team of firefighters manning each line. BWFD used their UTV enclosed trailer that is set up as rehab unit.