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The sun is out, the first responders are out! Police and firefighters hold water rescue training every Wednesday, weather permitting

ByJanice K. Merrill

Aug 31, 2022
Barrie police and firefighters team up every Wednesday (weather permitting) to practice water rescue operations.

You may have noticed the increased presence of some first responders in Barrie’s Kempenfelt Bay lately. Turns out the weather is perfect for training.

Every Wednesday throughout the summer, weather permitting, Barrie Fire and Emergency Services team up with the Barrie Police Department to train in water rescue operations.

“We escort Barrie Police into the boat and then use our water rescue teams to perform in-water rescues using baskets, buoyancy aids and ropes,” the deputy fire chief said. Ed Davis. Simcoe.com. “Practice always makes for smoother operation.”

Despite regular rehearsals, Davis says it’s rare for staff to use those specific skills.

“Usually the issue is maybe a lost person as opposed to a drowning person. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen,” he said. Wednesdays with the Barrie police and hopefully there’s no real answer to that.”

Police spokeswoman Jennett Mays said this regular training ensures officers are ready to go at a moment’s notice.

“Our marine unit trains regularly with our partners to ensure we are always ready to help when someone is in distress on the water,” she said. “A lot can happen there, especially when the weather improves, and regular training is a great way to be ready for anything.”

Davis went on to say that the fire and police have a good deal and they always try to build on that relationship.

“I’m having discussions with their deputy about how we can deepen our relationship because it’s about protecting the citizens of Barrie, and if we can team up and make that more efficient, then the outcome is better for the people. townspeople.”