Police & Fire

South Plainfield Firefightera Take to the Ice for Rescue Training

bba14c101bb0dac174d1_DSC_3696.JPG
b17308d50207b7b4370c_DSC_3716.JPG
3e77bd9081f96be294a6_DSC_3780.JPG
d754eb86ced241e6b80d_DSC_3814.JPG

South Plainfield Fire Department braved the cold weather and icy water to hold a Surface Ice Rescue Operations training class last weekend. 

The training class, which is conducted by Lifeguard System, has to be done every three years so the Fire Department can be recertified. Training consisted of a full day in class at the South Plainfield Senior Center, where about 45 firefighters from South Plainfield Fire, South Plainfield Rescue Squad, and the Watching Fire Department. Members were provided with a refresher on the techniques associated with ice and water rescue on Saturday.

On Sunday, the training moved to the lake located in Watchung, NJ adjacent to the firehouse. The lake was partially frozen, which made the training realistic for the firefighters. The firefighters used the ICS system to conduct the training.  

Sign Up for E-News

Capt. Bulla, Capt. Campbell, Capt. Tenninbaum, and Lt. Kolenski took turns taking command and being the operation and saftey officers for the training. A team of firefighters were  put together with two technician rescuers and eight operation tenders to locate the victim in the lake.  

Two firefighters then put on ice=rescue suits with help from the team and used a reel with about 300 feet of rope that was hooked to a sled that is sent out to rescue the victim in the ice hole. A second firefighter was then hooked to another reel standby in case that firefighter needed help.

All firefighters that went on the ice to make a rescue received technician cards the others received an operation card for their certification. Important lessons were put into practice and the day was deemed a success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield