For many lake goers, the Fourth of July is a day for celebrating on the water, making it one of the busiest days on Lake Minnetonka all year. Unfortunately, that has historically also meant a higher risk for lake goer accidents and injuries.
A number of local fire departments are available to handle those emergencies, including the Mound Fire Department.
“We meet quarterly with water patrol to talk about everything from ice safety to the Fourth of July,” Mound Fire Chief Greg Pederson said. “Last year, the call volume for our first responders were significantly less than the year before, partly because of more control and enforcement by the water patrol.”
Pederson added that the use of safety lanes and the new emergency responders dock, that was installed last summer in Minnetonka Beach, were especially helpful for getting to and assessing emergency situations on the lake.