CFD Teams up with Mattituck FD for Ice Rescue Training
By Web Team
January 9, 2018

Over the past several weeks Eastern Long Island has been subjected to several winter storms and freezing temperatures.

Last night several members of CFD teamed up with our neighbors to take advantage of the recent cold weather, and participated in an Ice Rescue Drill hosted by the Mattituck Fire Department.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m., firefighters headed to the ice at the Mattituck Inlet boat ramp in Mattituck to practice the different skills and rescue techniques that they've been taught.

Firefighters participated in several different evolutions and rescue scenarios over the course of two hours.

The Cutchogue Fire Department along with firefighters across the nation are raising awareness about water safety issues, but people must take responsibility and understand that venturing onto frozen ponds, lakes, creeks and bays is extremely dangerous;

Falling through the ice can easily have fatal results. Children are particularly at risk, and parents and guardians are asked to remind them of the dangers. Pets are also likely to become stranded if not kept under close control; this often leads to people risking their own lives to reach them.

Please remember the following:

•Do not go onto ice-covered lakes, ponds, creeks, or bays – it's not safe. (In the event of entering icy water hypothermia can set in very quickly reducing the ability to get out safely).

•The ice closest to the bank and edges may appear to be thick but it may become thinner in other areas.

•If a dog or another animal falls through the ice, do not go to its rescue, if the ice did not support the animal it will not take your weight.

•Do not become a victim; always call for help, dial 911. Firefighters are specially trained for these type of rescues.

•If you do see a person or animal in difficulties call 911 and direct the Emergency personell to the scene on their arrival.

The members of CFD would like to thank the Mattituck FD for hosting this worthwhile drill.

Units: 8-5-15

Ed Nicholson January 09, 2018 at 2:42 PM
This was a good training opportunity. I believe everyone benefited from it.
I am happy to hear the Chiefs/ training officers are planning to do it again with our other neighboring departments.