WORCESTER (CBS) – It’s an annual custom for the Worcester Fireplace Division — ice rescue drills.
As ponds start freezing over each winter, Worcester Fireplace begins their coaching and outreach to metropolis residents.
Bell Pond is without doubt one of the most used coaching areas for the fireplace division. With none supply, the shortage of shifting water tends to ice the pond over pretty shortly.
Coaching begins with a series noticed chopping via the ice. This permits the fireplace division to gauge how thick the ice is throughout varied factors within the season. After a fast chat, the primary ‘sufferer’ is within the water.
The fireplace division runs these simulated drills as near actuality as attainable. The rescuer circles across the sufferer, rolls into the water, clips rope round them, then each are pulled to security.
Lt. John Franco, the scuba coordinator for the fireplace division, informed WBZ-TV that point is vital when 911 calls are available in.
“You solely have a sure period of time to get them out of the water. With hypothermia, they will be lifeless actually fast. We have to get them out of the water actually fast,” Franco stated.
The Worcester Fireplace Division averages lower than one ice rescue name per 12 months. That is one thing that Franco attributes to the outreach they do with town faculties. The truth is, town of Worcester has not had an ice drowning in over 30 years.
The Worcester Fireplace Division believes there is no such thing as a such factor as secure ice.
“What now we have is frazzled ice, which is ice that melts then refreezes, then it snows, refreezes, then melts. You’re by no means going to get secure, strong ice,” stated Franco.
The Worcester Fireplace Division gave WBZ-TV’s Jacob Wycoff an opportunity to be a sufferer. He donned a chilly climate swimsuit and rolled into the ice.
Franco stated that for those who have been to fall into the ice, the bottom line is to stay calm and hang around on the ice shelf till you could be rescued.
In the event you see somebody within the water, it’s necessary to name 911 first.
“I do know you need to go on the market and assist your pal, but when he fell via, it means the ice isn’t secure,” stated Franco.