March 7, 2021

Ice Water Rescue

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Seekonk Fire Department was seen conducting annual department training for ice water rescue at Burr's Pond during the second week of February. Members practiced single and two rescuer scenarios to help a victim that has fallen through the ice. Ice water rescues are low-frequency, high-risk calls for the Fire Department. Seekonk has a few ponds and the reservoir that have the potential for accidents to occur. While temperatures have plunged recently leading many to think of venturing out on the ice, Lt Kyle Laprade, Seekonk Fire Department's SAFE coordinator reminds the public that the Fire Department does not ever deem any ice as safe for recreational use.

Additionally to make sure when walking dogs around the ice to always be using a leech to prevent animals from unknowingly wandering out and falling through. The Seekonk Fire Department is trained and equipped with rescue sleds and special ice rescue suits if something should go wrong but prevention is always a better solution. Should you see someone or a pet fall through the ice call 911 immediately and do not attempt to make a rescue yourself making a bad situation even worse by becoming a victim also.

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