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Grand Island Fire training for ice rescues

The Grand Island Fire Department took advantage of the melting ice at L.E. Ray Park and did some ice rescue training.
Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 8:39 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2022 at 9:34 AM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island Fire Department was out at L.E. Ray Park for training on ice rescues.

A blast of extremely cold air partially froze the lake at the park, but since then the weather has started to warm and that means any ice that formed has started to melt, making it a great day to practice ice rescues.

The way it worked is one firefighter wearing a suit to keep them warm would walk until they fell into the water then another would come practice various types of rescues.

Scott Kuehl with GIFD says all ice is not created the same.

“Yeah so the first thing we tell people is if you can see water standing on top of the ice that is a situation where its warmer outside and the top layer is starting to melt,” Kuehl said. “Well that is going to melt and find its way through the ice some way shape or form small cracks become big cracks, big cracks become openings.”

Another thing to look for is what Kuehl calls honey combing where snow mixes with ice. When the snow melts the it leaves the ice weak.

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