By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
RAQUETTE LAKE — Sunday, Jan. 20, was a cold, windy and snowy day on Raquette Lake.
Temperatures started just above freezing but fell through out the day. You might say it was a near perfect day for first responders to practice doing what needs to be done when someone falls through the ice.
This is what was done by DEC Ranger David Kallen and members of the Raquette Lake Fire and Ambulance department. The practice drill took place next to the WW Durant where there was some open water.
Drills such as this are necessary because snowmobilers and others who venture out on lakes do break through and time is of the essence if a life is to be saved. Even after days of below zero temps, not all sections of the lakes are equally frozen solid and accidents do happen.
Raquette Lake emergency responders serve the Raquette Lake area on land, water, ice and snow with a Fire Engine and a Pumper, a Fire Boat, Ambulance, emergency snowmobile and an air boat. The Raquette Lake Ambulance has the longest distance to travel to a hospital in New York State, 76 miles.