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Rescuers prep for ice fishers

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ImageHARRISON TOWNSHIP -- As temperatures drop, law enforcement officials in Macomb County are preparing for the potential dangers of the upcoming ice fishing season.

The annual migration of anglers off the shores of lakeside communities onto Lake St. Clair may not come for a couple of weeks, but departments are preparing for the possibility of rescues this winter by testing new equipment, such as quick-inflating boats.

Officials have been meeting since early this year to coordinate their efforts and make sure they were not duplicating purchases.

"We started to develop a mutual game plan," Chesterfield Township Deputy Fire Chief Doug Charbonneau said. "Everybody has the basics of cold-water survival. The capabilities to get on the ice vary by department."    more...

 

 



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The Macomb County Sheriff marine division is apparantly so underfunded that they were overjoyed to receive a donation from Anchor Bay Yachting Association this past year of the law enforcement version of the self inflating PFD's for their patrol deputies. It must be nice to be a first responder in Shelby Twp, where there's a few ponds and a river averaging only a couple of feet deep. Our guys rescuing foolish ice fishermen on Lk St Clair capsized an expensive hovercraft, and almost lost their own lives. What ever happened to the idea of keeping track of who gets these expensive rescues, and a hefty fee or fine levied on them after the first freebee. Maybe then, our marine patrols could have some real funding for training with some specialty high tech equipment.12/10/2004 9:27:51 PM
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The Macomb County Sheriff marine division is apparantly so underfunded that they were overjoyed to receive a donation from Anchor Bay Yachting Association this past year of the law enforcement version of the self inflating PFD's for their patrol deputies. It must be nice to be a first responder in Shelby Twp, where there's a few ponds and a river averaging only a couple of feet deep. Our guys rescuing foolish ice fishermen on Lk St Clair capsized an expensive hovercraft, and almost lost their own lives. What ever happened to the idea of keeping track of who gets these expensive rescues, and a hefty fee or fine levied on them after the first freebee. Maybe then, our marine patrols could have some real funding for training with some specialty high tech equipment.12/10/2004 9:28:43 PM
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