• Published: March 4, 2019

WRI Instructors recently led an Oil Under Ice Spill Response Training on Lake Pend O’Reille near Sandpoint, Idaho. Winter conditions present unique challenges for Inland Oil Spill Response. WRI teamed up with local first responders, Sam Owen Fire Department, Selkirk Fire Department and BNSF staff and contractors to practice with specialized equipment for winter spill response conditions.  Respected Sandpoint journalists showed up to document the training with this report on Winter Spill Response.


Cold Weather spill response presents unique challenges and hazards to responders. Proper personal equipment and training are a great first step in addressing these risks and challenges. Responders should assume all ice is unsafe to walk on until it has been evaluated. All participants at the training work helmets and lifejackets on the ice. WRI Instructors wore drysuits and facilitated ice rescue and self rescue drills for participants with Mustang survival and specialized Ice Rescue Drysuits.

Ice Spill Response Training

“Having been involved in the practice and instruction of Wilderness Medicine for over 20 years, I can say without a doubt that the Whitewater Rescue Institute courses in Safety and Swift Water Rescue Technician are absolute essentials for any water/outdoor enthusiast. Whitewater Rescue Institute’s extreme professionalism and extensive knowledge will provide you the essential skills you need to safely enjoy water sports and potentially prevent those unexpected tragedies. This was one of the most beneficial courses I have ever taken.”

Gregory J Moore, MD FACEP FAWM
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