• 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

“Whether you are a river-rookie or an experienced boater, WRI tailors their classes to what you need to learn in a fun and challenging environment. Their scenario based teaching approach creates an electric learning atmosphere where you feel like you are in actual river rescue situations. I would recommend them to anybody!”

Eric Giddens, Owner Kern River Brewing Company/1996 Olympic Kayak Team Member
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