Hebron Fire Hosts Ice Rescue Training

January 30th, 2019 – Hebron Fire Protection District Instructors hosted classroom and hands-on training, certifying Northern Kentucky firefighters in Ice Rescue. The curriculum, taught by certified Dive Rescue International Instructors, covers topics ranging from the various types of ice formation to different victim rescue techniques.

Students completed evolutions on the ice, learning and refining techniques in victim and self rescue. The training was completed in frigid temperatures of zero degrees Fahrenheit, with wind chills of -20. A special thanks is extended to Biggby Coffee in Hebron, KY who provided hot chocolate and coffee to our students and instructors. In addition, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky provided a warm bus for the necessary breaks in these conditions.

Students and instructors on the ice wore Mustang Survival Ice Commanders, which are specially designed personal protective equipment (PPE) for cold water and ice rescues. Remember that no ice is “safe ice” and if a person or animal has fallen through ice, do not delaying calling 9-1-1 for assistance.

Departments represented in this course included Alexandria Fire District, Covington Fire Department, Florence Fire/EMS Department, Hebron Fire Protection District, Point Pleasant Fire District, and Union Fire Protection District.

Students take a hot chocolate and coffee break during the 2019 Ice Rescue course. Refreshments were provided by Biggby Coffee in Hebron, KY.
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