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Cold water rescue training brings multiple agencies together for 12th year

Training is Saturday on Cass Lake

Posted: January 22, 2013 - 9:49pm

Cold water rescue training brings multiple agencies together

CASS LAKE — Emergency rescue exercises will be conducted on the ice and in the waters of Cass Lake Saturday.

The annual multi-agency event is in its 12th year and will bring rescuers together for training from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Cass Lake Fire Department.

Last year 25 agencies participated with more than 100 participants involved in the exercise.

The goal is to bring area agencies together to work with equipment, view new purchases of equipment and develop a good working relationship should an emergency arise in a department’s area.

Several exercises will take place including dive scenarios, ice rescue training, and a cold water rescue technician certification class.

Organizers said this exercise allows a building of department relationships and the sharing of resources in a real life rescue to save lives.

The first group briefing will take place just after 8 a.m. at the access of Cass Lake, near the rest area on Highway 2, just east of Cass Lake.