NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-On Monday, Feb. 12, firefighters with the Croton Falls Fire Department, along with a crew from the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps, conducted training on ice rescue.

Live “victims” were placed in a pre-cut opening in a local pond and members used an ice rescue sled and ropes to “rescue” said “victims.”

Also covered in the training was the use of hand signals for shore-to-ice communications, safety ropes, proper use of personal protective equipment and the precautions that need to be taken during any rescue.

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In a controlled environment, the training provided firefighters the opportunity to practice rescue techniques and a chance to get a feel for the equipment. Fire and police officers assisted with traffic on Route 116 to keep firefighters out of harm’s way and ensure motorists could safely pass the training site.

Members of NSVAC evaluated the firefighters once they exited the water.