Firefighters go in for the chill

CELINA —  At 6 a.m. Sunday morning, the small access road located to the left of Trenary Hall at the Lake Campus, and winding back all the way to the ice-covered lake, was plowed and clear of snow as area first responders took to the frigid waters for an annual training session. 

By the time the Ice and Water Rescue class was getting ready to use it, the snow and blowing wind caused so much drifting that the road looked untouched. The class consisted of members of the St. Marys Township Fire Department, the St. Marys City Fire Department, The New Bremen Fire Department, the St. Johns Fire Department, the Celina Fire Department and the Wapakoneta Fire Department. Temperatures in the teens and a wind chill of minus-1 along with blowing snow did not hinder these men from their objective — to learn the proper procedure for rescuing someone who has fallen through the ice into freezing waters. Not only did they learn how to save a victim, they also learned how to save themselves and their colleagues in such a situation.

“After they get the victim, they will have to package them by putting them on a sled an d making hand motions to people on shore to pull the ropes and bring them in,” St. Marys Township Assistant Fire Chief and Auglaize County Emergency Management Director Troy Anderson said.

Each of the local fire departments sets up a team that they know can be called in case of a water or ice rescue, Anderson said, “because you don’t want somebody who’s not trained out on the ice.”

For the full story, see the Monday, Jan. 27 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.