Fire officials training on ice rescues

5:13 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - Mountain View Fire Rescue showed everyone what training they have to go through to safely conduct ice rescues.

"This training is vital to rescues throughout the state, especially during these cold winter months," MVFR said.

Lakes and ponds that may have been frozen over for a long time, but warmer temperatures may make them dangerous to cross. 

If someone does fall through ice, firefighters recommend to call for help immediately and to not go in after them.

They also suggested looking for a tree branch or something else to throw to the person to help keep them afloat.

The ice rescue process is as follows:

  1. Evaluation of scene conditions- What is the current and incoming weather, environmental conditions? What is the location and condition of the victim? Crews will make contact with bystanders and witnesses and find out the time of immersion.
  2. Evaluate the victim's conditions- Much of the victim's conditions will depend on what time the incident occurred and how long that individual has been in the water. If the individual is visible from the shore, crews will begin to observe for stages of hypothermia.
  3. Assess personnel and equipment- How many responders do we have and at what skill level? What equipment is available?
  4. Develop an operational plan- There are many rescue options, and the most appropriate must be selected. Ice Rescue steps are designed to be simple because a rescuer has many factors to consider including the unpredictability of the ice.
  5. Continually reassess and adjust as needed - Conditions can change quickly in these rescues and it's important to have a backup plan ready and adjust your operation plan as needed.

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