Firefighters seek ice-cold training


Last month, seven members of the Center Moriches Fire Department’s water rescue team attended an ice rescue training at Camp Edey in Bayport. 

The two-day instructional was hosted by the Bayport Fire Department and led by Lifeguard Systems, a leader when it comes to training programs that deal with floodwater rescue.

On the first day, the members learned in classroom. They learned about the signs and effects of hypothermia, and how to knot a rope. They also practiced techniques for self-rescue and victim rescue. 

On the second day, the firefighters used the ice-cold waters to simulate real-life situations. They completed suit training by wearing special exposure suits that allow first responders to go into frigid waters without freezing.

They also trained on equipment used during rescues, including a special sled that’s used by firefighters to move across the ice or remove a victim from the ice safely. This sled is how they would bring a victim to shore if the victim fell through the ice and into the freezing water. 

“This type of technical rescue training is invaluable and ensures our water rescue team is ready for any emergency involving our local waterways and ponds,” according to a social media post about the training. 


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