The Regina Police Service Underwater Investigation and Recovery Team (UIRT), with the help of the Wascana Centre Authority, is conducting dive training this week as part of the team’s regularly scheduled skills and safety training. The dives will take place at Wascana Lake on Wednesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 15th, 2012. This realistic training is essential to developing and maintaining safe working practices for the UIRT and will improve the teams’ service capabilities for the citizens ofRegina.
Media access for this training session will be somewhat limited because of the current mild weather and changing ice conditions. Safety, for the team members and any observers, is always the top priority. Therefore, members of the media who wish to report on this training are certainly welcome to attend, but they may not be given the same on-ice access as on previous training days. Even those media outlets which do not cover the training session will have this advisory to answer questions from the public should they arise. The team will be training between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. today and tomorrow and UIRT Team Leader Cpl. Colin Magee will be on-site both days.
The Regina Police Service reminds members of the public to be careful around any body of water, especially in this current mild weather. Ice conditions can change rapidly throughout the winter and spring and ice thickness on a single body of water can also vary from one spot to another, especially onWascanaLake. If you see anyone in a potentially dangerous situation, on the ice, or near dangerous water, call the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500. In an emergency call 9-1-1.