Fire fighters from all over the state headed up to Mesa Lakes Sunday to learn from the pros about ice rescues, and some new rescue techniques.
World renowned surface ice rescue trainer Andrea Zaferes says, "if they don't have a sled they are going to have to drag that victim all the way across the ice." Zaferes is teaching both techniques, with or without a sled but as Todd Briscoe with Evergreens Volunteer Fire Department says, one method can make a world of difference between life and death, "this is a more advanced training they've got better tools that allow you to get the victims out safer and in a more timely manner that's a lot easier."
Zaferes is the vice president of Lifeguard Systems, offering an approved coast guard training program. She says if you see someone fall through the ice don't go in after them, "you are no different than the original victim and now the fire dept has to save 2 victims." Instead throw the victim things they could use to pull themselves out of the ice and then mark an imaginary line to the victim so you can tell the fire fighters exactly where they are in case they go underwater.
So while these firefighters now have some of the best training available, they're hoping they don't have to put it to use anytime soon.