Minidoka County Sheriffs Receive Cold Water Immersion Training


By Ben Lyda

Minidoka County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Friday afternoon the Mindoka County Sheriffs took a dip in the cold waters of Lake Wolcott.
The cold water immersion training is designed to have officers prepared when responding to calls on the water.
The program has been in place in Idaho for two years and proven effective in saving officers and victims lives.
The training involved classroom instruction and officers becoming fully immersed, putting on a life vest and catching a throw bag.
Sheriff Eric Snarr says, "Something that I have mandated for my entire department, all the full time officers. This gets the officers ready if they ever have to respond to a cold water emergency."
Captain Dan Kidig says, "A lot of sheriffs throughout the state have implemented this, form Canyon County to Ada County and it's saving lives, it's saving officers lives and that's what we're trying to do."
All of the sheriffs deputies were involved with the training in the 42 degree waters of Lake Wolcott.

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