Camanche Fire Department Completes Ice Rescue Training


Members of Camanche, Iowa's Fire Department made a splash in the Rock Creek Marina Saturday. They were practicing their ice rescue skills.

Dressed in water proof suits to keep warm, they ran through scenario after scenario - from coaching a victim on how to get out of the ice on their own; to sending men attached to ropes out to help; to using a boat to pull someone out.

While the firefighters demonstrated the various ways to save someone, nearly a dozen people looked on, taking notes.

One of them, Karla Yahn, said she learned a lot about what to do in an emergency situation. The avid hiker said she fell through the ice as a child, and said it is an experience she will never forget.

"I was just out chipping ice along the lake and fell right through," she said. "I was very young probably nine years old and I'll never forget it, the experience of taking the breath away and the cold."

"If you don't get out of the water and get help, within minutes it might be too late," she added.

Fire fighters say, if you fall through the ice, the best thing to do is stay calm and try to put your forearms on the ice to help hold you up until help arrives.

They say it is also a good idea to carry a whistle and ice picks with you.

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