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VIDEO: Bright Fire Department Trains For Ice Rescues

Posted On January 05, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

(Bright, Ind.) – The frosty temperatures have been helpful in at least one regard.

The Bright Fire & EMS conducted ice rescue training Thursday evening. The site was a frozen pond on Unity Drive.

The ice on the pond was several inches thick, according to fire chief Jason Eckhoff. A large section of the ice had to be cut out in order to conduct the training.

Firefighters outfitted in insulated dry suits scooted across the ice to enter the frigid water and pull out a dummy using rope and other equipment.

Anybody who wants to venture onto ice for skating, fishing, or other activities should first check the thickness of the ice. Dive Rescue International recommends a thickness of at least four inches before ice is strong enough to support a person.