Firefighters brave frigid training PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:26
John Nissen (right) uses a harness to pull Josh Mitchell from the icy water as other firefighters watch and wait for their turn. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
LUCKEY – Troy Township firefighters braved cold temperatures and frigid waters Sunday, all in the name of preparedness.
The fire department used the day as their first opportunity to try out new water and ice rescue gear, provided to them from a donation from a local resident.
Chief Randy Woodruff noted that the department was named in a trust from the estate of Howard Grover. Grover, a past Troy Township fireman, and his wife had given generously to the fire department, EMS, the village of Luckey and to Eastwood Schools over the years.
The funds from the trust “allowed us to purchase this equipment, that we otherwise won’t be able to because of the expense, and because of the training that goes along with it.”
The equipment – including “mustang suits” used to enter frigid waters to rescue victims that have fallen through the ice – was purchased from Michigan Rescue Concepts, who was contracted by the department to conduct the training. The training was held at a site in the 22000 block of Stony Ridge Road, just south of Dowling Road in Luckey. This outdoor component was preceded by a classroom component that morning.
“We’re just very appreciative” to the Grover family, said Woodruff.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:30

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