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Gibraltar Fire trains for ice rescues

Last week, the members of Gibraltar Fire and Rescue took over the Northern Door YMCA to do their annual ice rescue training. The simulations are done in a temperature-controlled pool because that allows for the person being rescued to be dressed in normal winter clothing. To do it outside, the person being rescued has to be adorned in gear that prevents hypothermia. The equipment is naturally buoyant which makes the training easier than what is encountered in real life. Assistant Chief Jared Anderson says that water alone adds a couple dozen pounds to a person needing to be rescued when it soaks their clothing.


Gibraltar Fire-Rescue maintains a close relationship with other Northern Door County departments. Rescues can happen on rivers, inland lakes, and the bays and harbors of Lake Michigan.



Photos courtesy of Gibraltar Fire-Rescue Facebook page.


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