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Chippewa County Dive & Rescue Team trains at Ray’s Beach

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 4:09 PM CDT
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LAKE WISSOTA, Wis. (WEAU) - Rescue crews were out on Lake Wissota Wednesday, but this was just an exercise.

All members of the Chippewa Fire District’s dive team were out to re-familiarize themselves with the murky waters of the lake, as summer is set to begin.

It was also a chance for the team to fine-tune the mechanics of a search without the stress experienced during a real rescue or recovery operation.

“Typically, when we end up doing a search, a lot of emotions are involved with a traumatic incident on the water. So, being able to come out here and do it in a controlled environment - we don’t have those emotions in play helps us get used to working with each other, making sure al of our equipment is right, make sure we’re doing our stuff safely. Then, when we do add the emotional side into it, the high-energy and everything that happens in an emergency situation, everything goes smoothly then,” said Chippewa Fire District Deputy Chief Cory Jeffers.

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