In Neenah, a free presentation will take place January 23rd at city hall.

As more people venture on to Lake Winnebago and other frozen bodies of water, Neenah-Menasha firefighters hope to have a captive audience for the ice safety presentation two-and-a-half weeks away.

The public forum will be a chance for people to ask questions.

Assistant Chief Mike Sipin said, “We’re going to be looking at ice conditions in general. We’re going to be looking at some of the statistics. I know the gentleman, the firefighter, who’s putting this together has some good video from a recent ice rescue that took place in California where just literally one person after another kept falling through the ice.”

The class is something Neenah-Menasha firefighters have never conducted before.

Instructors will review safety tips and also let the public view the equipment that’s used by firefighters to respond to an ice rescue.

“Just because you have ice that looks clear, which is always a good indication that it’s good ice, there really is no such thing as ‘good ice,'” said Sipin.

Last year the Neenah-Menasha Fire Department did not respond to a single legitimate ice rescue call. The department credits its educational effort warning people about unsafe conditions.

“I really believe that it was the marketing that we did as a department, as a community, to raise the level of awareness with people going on to the ice,” said Sipin.

The presentation on January 23rd starts at 6:30 at Neenah City Hall. There’s no cost.

It should last about an hour.

via Firefighters to Hold Ice Safety Presentation – WBAY.