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Indianapolis Vehicle Recovery

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers' started by tbzep, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. tbzep

    tbzep Public Safety Diver

    Indianapolis Fire Dept recovered a vehicle from a frozen lake yesterday (Jan 3). The driver was rescued New Years' Eve by IFD divers and is still alive, AFIK. She was the only occupant. With the infamous fatalities of IFD divers a few years ago, what was the mindset in deciding to recover the vehicle from the frozen lake instead of waiting until the spring thaw? Was the vehicle needed for investigation? Was it causing extreme irreversible environmental damage? With all the risk vs. benefit* we are bombarded with in the FD these days, why did they make a higher risk recovery through the ice vs. waiting for a much lower risk recovery after the thaw? I'm not knocking their decision, I just want to know the rationale for it.

    *As an example, there is an ongoing "battle" over searching vacant buildings that are burning. One side says we are insane to risk interior search and suppression operations on a vacant building. The other side says there is no such thing as "vacant" until a search is performed and proven to be vacant. It's our job. It's what we do. (think homeless squatters or kids playing)

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