Shanties Retreat from Outlying Ice

Lake Erie Ice fog

Lake Erie Ice fog

PiB VFD ready to assist!

Put-in-Bay, surrounded by heavy fog on Lake Erie and temperature readings rising to 50°F, witnesses a tactical ice shanty retreat.  Visibility is severely reduced, the snow-melt has created large pools of water, and the ice is thinning.  Rain in today’s afternoon and evening weather forecast promises more deteriorating conditions.  Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department Co-chief Doug Wilhelm monitored the West Shore on a well-equipped all-terrain vehicle.Lake Erie Ice fog

Lake Erie Ice fog


Fire Department and Coast Guard Conduct Joint Ice Rescue Training Exercise

Put in Bay Volunteer Fire DepartmentPut-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department members and Station Marblehead USCG performed ice rescue training at “A-dock” on Saturday afternoon.  The session started at the Fire Station with practice donning the rescue suits and a brief introductory meeting; PVFD times ranged from 35 to 50 seconds.  Training then shifted to ice-holes created by the bubblers along the finger piers of “A-dock.”  USCG rescue trainers demonstrated proper procedures with a variety of safety equipment as VFD participants pretended to be ice-accident victims.

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Fire Department Volunteers Work to Improve Emergency Readiness

Put in Bay VFDThe Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department has improved its ability to handle emergency situations on South Bass Island.  According to firefighter Doug Wilhelm, the department has purchased a brand new thermal imaging camera and installed it on the first line pumper.  A 1996 engine has been bought from the Sandusky Fire Department and is receiving equipment upgrades.

PiB VFD has served one pancake breakfast this year, a second  is planned for February 19, with additional breakfasts in March and April.  A steak roast is also being considered.  Revenue from these events goes to new department equipment purchases.