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Crews Hold Ice and Water Rescue Training

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Scott Dimmich) -- As warmer air invades the tri-state this weekend, ice on area lakes will be melting and the danger of people falling through the ice increases.

That's just one reason why the Springfield Township Fire Department spent Friday training in the cold and ice.

Lt. Kevin Richards said, "We are trying to get our folks used to wearing the suits and rescuing appropriately in case we needed to get someone out of the ice."

Lt. Randy Miller said, "The last thing we want to do is enter the water, but when we do, we wear what is called our mustang suits.  They provide thermal protection but also buoyancy for us so we stay afloat while we are in the water."

Training in these suits is done to ensure firefighters can handle the challenges of being in very cold water, including rescuing multiple victims.

"The biggest problem is that we have the domino effect is friends and another friends and a relative going after each other so you have multiple victims."

While practicing water rescues is critical to keeping Springfield Township residents safe, firefighters also want the community to know how to react if they see someone break through the ice.

"The best thing to do is try to throw a rope or something that they can hold onto that you can pull them out yourself.  And obviously call 911.  Most area departments have suits that they can respond with."

Friday's training took place in the Winton Woods Lake.




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