DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A frozen pond located near the racetrack at Hollywood Gaming made the perfect spot for Dayton Fire personnel to practice their ice rescue skills on Tuesday.
Firefighters and emergency first responders used the same RDC boats that they use for swift water rescue.
They say the open stern and bow let the ice rescue teams walk out into the frozen pond and slide it right over for the victim to grab onto.
They then attach a sling to the person who has fallen through.
District Chief Adam Landis says it’s the safest procedure, and three companies who are trained and certified to do this type of rescue participated in Tuesday’s training.
The remaining companies will have a similar training the next few days, learning exactly what to do in case of an ice emergency.
“It’s Dayton, Ohio, so we don’t get a tremendous amount of ice, but when we do, there are times that people get out there and there’s been several instances around the region here in just the last few weeks where we’ve had guys who have had to go out and use that. So, it’s not something we have to do a lot, but we want to be prepared for that,” says Landis.
He says the best advice he can give is that you should never get on the ice. You should always act like it’s too thin to support you, and also because the ice can be extremely slippery, slips and falls can be just as dangerous.