Members of the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company participated in thier annual Ice/Cold Water Rescue Training.
Under the direction of Captain Kristin Kelley, Lieutenant Steve Hess and Lieutenant Mark Zenick firefighters were instructed on a variety of tasks involving response to a Ice or Cold water rescue situation.
Firefighters donned cold water rescue suits and performed training rescues where the Firefighter would work themselves across the ice to the "victim" where they would put a rescue buoy on the victim and then help them back onto the ice where they would be pulled to safety by members on the shore.
Firefighters also used the departments "rescue sled" which is designed to glide across the ice and will float on open water providing a rescue platform for the rescuer to get the victim secured to the sled which can then be pulled back onto the ice and back to shore safely by the members working on the shoreline.
Firefighters also practiced throwing a rescue line at a target to improve technique and accuracy.
You will notice that all safety precautions are taken to ensure that all members working near the waters edge are wearing a personal flotation device.
For more information about our rescue training or becoming a member of the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company please contact us at 860-658-1971 or click on the membership link.
Click on the image below for a gallery of pictures from the training event. (Photo's by Ken Boudreau and Ken Beliveau)