“We put two ‘victims’ in the water off the pier,” Yonker said. “We came in with Grand Haven Township’s Argo and our Polaris (both all-terrain vehicles), then the officers walked the pier.”
Yonker said a primary team of two went into the water and a secondary team brought one of those officers in with a rope, while the other officer swam to shore.
The demonstration included throwing a life ring to show how it sets off an alarm, a flashing blue light and a signal to Central Dispatch. The signal also causes the camera to point to the area.
After the demonstration, the fire chiefs returned to GHDPS for a presentation by Sgt. Clint Holt on ice and water rescues.
The chiefs also watched a video from an actual rescue — “so they can see how bad it can be out there,” Yonker said.