Cd’A Fire Department trains in water rescues

Cd’A Fire Department trains in water rescues

The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department is holding water training exercises this week.

With seven miles of shoreline on Lake Coeur d’Alene, crews say there is great potential for water rescue calls.

Kootenai County has reported nine drownings so far this year.

Usually they train indoors, but crews say right now, the weather is ideal for actual training in the lake.

“PFDs are definitely going to save your life if you get into some trouble,” said Coeur d’Alene Fire Department Fire Inspector Craig Etherton. “Make sure people know where you’re going and when you should return. Make that plan with someone else, so if you don’t come in, we can get to looking for you quick.”

The fire crews will be taking turns training in the lake the rest of the week.