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REPORTING · 1st March 2010
Merv Ritchie
On Saturday, February 27, the Terrace Search and Rescue team was out at Lost Lake just north of Terrace towards Rosswood on the Nisga'a highway with the Terrace Fire Department and the Thornhill Fire Department. This was not an emergency or incident, which required their immediate response, it was a training session put on by Dave Jephson and Dive Rescue International.

24 students took place in the exercise and training which included time in the classroom and time in the frozen lake. Each student learned how to roll on the ice and approach a potential victim from the side, so as not to break the ice in front of him, how to get in the water and attach rescue gear to conscious and unconscious victims and how to use various devices to bring him or her to safety.

Terrace Search and Rescue hosted the exercise and participants were from all three emergency response teams. Jephson, certified as an instructor with Dive Rescue International, stated the students would be put through an 8 hour training course that included 3 hours of classroom time along with the time in the lake. After the initial class instruction the students all went to practice in the water and returned for further review and complete an exam.

Terrace water Search and Rescue is a volunteer organization that has participated in many recent incidents including the helicopter crash August 2008, (read about it here) and the incident on Highway 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert when a car left the highway and ended in the Skeena River in June of last year. Read the story here.