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TFD holds ice rescue training on Maumee River

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The Toledo fire department held ice rescue training today on the Maumee river. The exercises are designed to mimic a real life emergency situation.  The Toledo fire department occasionally gets calls to rescue someone off or out of the ice.  Today's training was intense and challenging

"Our recommendations is folks don't go on the ice don't venture out onto the ice there are too many things that can go wrong," said Toledo Fire Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld.

When it comes to an emergency timing is everything. Especially when it comes to rescuing someone who's fallen through the ice.  

"The water you introduce hypothermia at a rapid rate so time is of the essence and fortunately with these new techniques that our water rescue team is learning and the equipment we've been able to acquire its all rapid set up so by the time they arrive on scene they are able to deploy quickly," said Toledo Fire Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld.

 Today the Toledo fire departments water rescue team practiced water rescues at the coast guard station.
 
"Being out here in the elements introduces that stress of being out here in the water of being on the ice of having that exposure to the cold," said Lt. Hertzfeld.
 
They wore dry suits and used a boat that looks like a yellow banana called a rapid deployment craft to hone their skills.  

"The equipment we use is designed for ice rescues from the suits to the shepherds hooks all those things have been designed around various ice rescue techniques," said Lt. Hertzfeld.

Rescue techniques that can save lives. Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld says if you happen to venture out on the ice, be prepared.

"If you should go on the ice then make sure that someone knows where you're going makes sure you have a cell phone with you and make sure you are dressed accordingly for the weather because if you should fall through those layers will help you maintain some heat in that water in you can't get out by yourself," said Lt. Hertzfeld.  

The fire department practices water rescues several times a year.

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