It’s Just a Drill: Big Bear City Firefighters Do Ice Rescue Training Off Stanfield Cutoff Today

Current lake temps average 31 degrees.

Current lake temps average 31 degrees.

The Big Bear City Fire Department will be training on ice and cold-water rescue in the area of Stanfield Cutoff today; training was scheduled to begin at 9am and will continue through the day. Passers-by are reminded that this is just a drill if you see emergency personnel doing rescue operations on the lake ice. Per a statement released by the Big Bear City Fire Department: “Fire crews train on a regular basis for the possible scenario of someone that has fallen through the ice. The Municipal Water District’s Lake Patrol will also be on scene to watch the operations. ‘Stay Off Lake Ice’ signs are posted all around the lakeshore warning people of the danger. Anyone observed walking on lake ice is subject to a fine.  Rescuing individuals or animals that have fallen through the ice is very risky business for both the victim and rescuer. Everyone is reminded to ‘Stay Off Lake Ice’ and keep their pets away from the danger as well. Even though fire crews are fully trained and prepared to respond, does not mean we want to have to put their expertise to use.” But, again, if you see emergency personnel on the lake ice near Stanfield Cutoff today, know that this is just a training drill being undertaken by the Big Bear City Fire Department.

Firefighting crews (as seen here last January) train for lake ice rescue each year; it is illegal to go out on the lake ice, and violators may be ticketed and fined.

Firefighting crews (as seen here last January) train for lake ice rescue each year; it is illegal to go out on the lake ice, and violators may be ticketed and fined.

[caption id="attachment_11242" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Current lake temps average 31 degrees."]Current lake temps average 31 degrees.[/caption]

The Big Bear City Fire Department will be training on ice and cold-water rescue in the area of Stanfield Cutoff today; training was scheduled to begin at 9am and will continue through the day. Passers-by are reminded that this is just a drill if you see emergency personnel doing rescue operations on the lake ice. Per a statement released by the Big Bear City Fire Department: “Fire crews train on a regular basis for the possible scenario of someone that has fallen through the ice. The Municipal Water District’s Lake Patrol will also be on scene to watch the operations. ‘Stay Off Lake Ice’ signs are posted all around the lakeshore warning people of the danger. Anyone observed walking on lake ice is subject to a fine.  Rescuing individuals or animals that have fallen through the ice is very risky business for both the victim and rescuer. Everyone is reminded to ‘Stay Off Lake Ice’ and keep their pets away from the danger as well. Even though fire crews are fully trained and prepared to respond, does not mean we want to have to put their expertise to use.” But, again, if you see emergency personnel on the lake ice near Stanfield Cutoff today, know that this is just a training drill being undertaken by the Big Bear City Fire Department.

[caption id="attachment_11243" align="alignleft" width="570" caption="Firefighting crews (as seen here last January) train for lake ice rescue each year; it is illegal to go out on the lake ice, and violators may be ticketed and fined."]Firefighting crews (as seen here last January) train for lake ice rescue each year; it is illegal to go out on the lake ice, and violators may be ticketed and fined.[/caption]

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