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by Tribune Staff
Jan 07, 2013 | 2505 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sparks firefighter Forrest Johnson kneels beside simulated victim Captain Kevin Matteoni during the Sparks Fire Department’s annual Ice Rescue Training on Sunday at Kiley Ranch park.
Sparks firefighter Forrest Johnson kneels beside simulated victim Captain Kevin Matteoni during the Sparks Fire Department’s annual Ice Rescue Training on Sunday at Kiley Ranch park.
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SPARKS — The Sparks Fire Department conducted annual Ice Rescue Training Sunday on the ponds at Kiley Ranch Park.

The ice rescue training is conducted annually and all suppression personnel from Sparks Fire Department participate. Every fire engine and truck company in Sparks carries the essential equipment to conduct ice rescues.  

The training consists of placing a simulated victim out on an open spot of a frozen pond. A three-person fire engine or truck company arrives on scene and carries out a live rescue of a simulated victim. The entire process, from fire personnel arriving on scene to helping the simulated victim to safety is usually less than four minutes.

The Sparks Fire Department reminds everyone:

•The Sparks Fire Department utilizes specialized equipment, insulated suits and rescue techniques for ice rescue.  Do not attempt on your own.

•Stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and other bodies of frozen water.

•Treat all ice as unstable, unpredictable and dangerous.

•Do not attempt rescues of people or animals, Call 911 and report all emergencies immediately.
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