Free ice self-rescue kits available at Marquette City Fire Department

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MARQUETTE-- A $4,000 grant from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is providing the Marquette City Fire Department with 500 self rescue kits to hand out to people who plan to be on the ice. Each kit comes with ice picks, an emergency whistle and ice safety information. 

Capt. Tom Dunleavy, Fire Inspector says, "The picks are a self rescue item. If you fall through the ice you can take the picks basically put your elbows on the edge of the ice. Then, stick the picks, they're like nails basically into the ice and pull yourself out. And then they reccommend you roll away from the hole, the opening. Always carry this kind of thing with you in case those ice situations change quickly and you need them."

The kits are free of charge and can be picked up at the fire station located on 418 South Third Street in Marquette. The fire department reccomends checking with sources such as Coast Guard on conditions before hitting the ice.
 


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