THE city’s acquisition of ice rescue equipment paid quick dividends earlier this month.
The $22,000 purchase of cold water immersion suits and other related equipment to be used in ice water rescue situations stemmed in part from a December 2010 tragedy in which a local teen died after falling into ice on Terrace Lake.
Local ice water rescue teams tried out the new equipment in a training exercise last month.
The equipment and the training were unexpectedly put to use earlier this month when an ice water rescue team was called to save a golden retriever that had wandered onto one of the frozen Tipton Lakes and fallen through a section of thin ice. The incident was handled flawlessly, with injuries to the animal limited to a mild case of hypothermia.
Columbus firefighters trained in the procedure now have an additional layer of preparation for future emergencies of this nature.
Residents also have an extra sense of security that local emergency responders are fully prepared to deal with this kind of rare but potentially fatal situation.