While focus this past week was on the release of The Town That Disappeared Overnight; The Story of Round Valley, CFARS members took to the Valley over the weekend. Two training sessions where held, both on Saturday & Sunday, giving our rescue personnel some good chances to learn skills they don't get to often practice.
On Saturday March 7th, members of the CFARS Water Rescue Team and CFARS Rehab met with Conservation Officers from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection for a drill on the ice. Members from both agencies spent about 5 hours on Round Valley Reservoir reviewing self-rescue and victim rescue procedures as well as safety tips and guidelines for operating in and around the ice.
On Sunday, March 8th, CFARS returned to Round Valley set to put MSU455 to work during training scenarios at the Recreation Area. The first scenario would take place on the ice. Knowing the thickness of the ice in various locations from the shore to the center, the MSU was launched from the main dock and traveled about half way out across the ice, just beyond the dams, and returned successfully. The second scenario would be navigating through various areas of the park, from the pavement to the snow and back again. Crews were able to successfully navigate the park on and off road, completing trails in the snow and ice on different grades of land.