Water rescue drill set for Tuesday at Hyles Anderson College

2013-02-17T18:30:00Z 2013-02-17T22:29:03Z Water rescue drill set for Tuesday at Hyles Anderson CollegeLU ANN FRANKLIN Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 17, 2013 6:30 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | The lake in front of Hyles Anderson College at 8400 Burr St. will be the scene of a live cold water rescue training drill beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Members of the Lake Hills Fire Department will practice rescuing a person who has fallen through the ice as part of an annual drill, Assistant Fire Chief Steve Flores said.

“Our people will put on their cold water suits and will be tied to ropes to go into the water. They will practice rescuing a person, attaching a flotation device and bringing the person to shore,” he said.

The nighttime drill will be lit up with bright work lights. Firetrucks, the department’s rescue truck and an ambulance will be on the scene.

“We want neighbors and people driving by to know that this is a practice drill,” Flores said.

The recent low temperatures have allowed ice to form on the lake, which Flores said he’s confirmed during recent inspections there. Monday’s temperatures in the 40s won’t melt all the ice, he said.

“The ice will be thin, which is when we would have the most incidents of people falling through the ice,” Flores said.

Annual cold water rescue training drills are held in various places in St. John Township. The Lake Hills Fire Department provides fire and ambulance service to unincorporated parts of the township.

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