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Ice Rescue Training Exercise
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Ice Rescue Training Exercise

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue:

Firefighters from Fire and Rescue Station 18, Jefferson, Fire and Rescue Station 8, Annandale, and Fire and Rescue Station 23, West Annandale, will be conducting an ice rescue training exercise at Fairview Lake, 2900 Block of Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Virginia, Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 1 p.m. start time.

Firefighters will be equipped with specialized suits and tools, and will train on rescuing personnel from Fairview Lake. Personnel will be available for interviews.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has fully equipped and trained personnel for ice rescue emergencies.

Ice Safety Tips

·   Ice formed on moving water ponds, lakes, and rivers is never safe. Daily changes in temperature affect the strength and thickness of the ice. Because of these factors, no one can declare the ice to be absolutely safe.

·   If someone falls through the ice, act quickly, call 911.

·   Do not go out on the ice, many times would-be rescuers become victims themselves.

·   Obey posted warning signs. If they say “KEEP OFF,” there’s a good reason.

·   If you see an animal on the ice, that doesn’t mean the ice is safe for you to walk on. Cats and dogs are generally much lighter than people.

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