POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 47 NEW GLASGOW - Police are taking extra precaution this winter by installing ice rescue kits in all of their patrol cars. As of this week, each of the New Glasgow Police Services’ five vehicles will be equipped with an 80-foot throw line contained in a floatable and reflective bag. “A lot of the time we are the first emergency responders on scene,” said Const. Ken MacDonald, New Glasgow Police Services. “This device gives us a couple of extra minutes until the fire department can get there, which could, in turn, help save a life.” MacDonald says the decision to purchase the kits was prompted by reports that there were people walking across the ice on the East River last year. The rescue kit can also be used for open water rescue, and will remain in the patrol cars all year long. “It’s very simple to use,” MacDonald said. “You just throw the rope to the person in distress, they hold on and the bag acts as buoy.” The Canadian Red Cross commends the New Glasgow Police Service for taking this extra precaution. “With the recent fluctuation in weather, it is unlikely there is an ice surface in Nova Scotia that is currently safe enough for use,” says Aileen Nauss, technical/program associate with the Canadian Red Cross. “It’s such a good idea for police to have this, especially in Nova Scotia.” Nauss reminds the public that the colour of ice can indicate whether the surface is strong enough to walk on. “Clear blue ice is strongest,” she said. “White ice, which is formed by wet snow freezing on the ice, is half as strong as blue ice. And grey ice is unsafe. The greyness indicates the presence of water.” By SARAH REGAN Protecting Those on Thin Ice Const. Chris Pitts, New Glasgow Police Services, uses one of the departmentʼs new Life Line Kits to demonstrate proper ice safety procedures. Sarah Regan - The News New Glasgow police add ice rescue kits to their everyday equipment As originally published The News, January 2, 2008