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Paterson Fire Department Warns Residents to Stay Off the Ice

Stay Off the Ice! Credits: Great Falls National Park

While the ice covered Great Falls and Passaic River have made for some scenic photographs in past days the dangers that lies beneath that ice could be deadly.

This is the grim warning Luis Vega, Paterson’s longest serving firefighter, offered TAPinto Paterson readers.

“The reality is that if you go on that ice, no matter how solid it may look, you are putting your life at risk,” Vega said. “Once you’re submerged in the water, the moving currents, potential entanglements, and other hazards make rescue even more difficult.”

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Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott pointed to an incident nearly two years ago when two local teens fell through the ice 30 feet from the shoreline. Luckily for the teens they were rescued quickly by firefighters that responded from Fire Headquarters on McBride Ave.

This rescue, McDermott said, was an example of using the extensive training they have but “would rather not have to put into practice.”

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