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Ice Rescue Training for Tahoe Douglas Firefighters, Heavenly Ski Patrol

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Courtesy: Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District Courtesy: Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District

Heavenly Ski Patrol and Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District are partnering because of the remote location of mountain reservoirs away from district resources. 

The resort has had close call incidents in the past and has a potential for a significant ice rescue situation in the future. "It is very common for untrained would be rescuers to become victims themselves as they take desperate action and are drawn into a bad situation" said Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District Engineer Chris Lucas. "You can't judge the strength of ice by its appearance even its thickness can be deceiving. The only way to be totally safe is to stay off the ice."

"Any frozen body of water is a hazard."

Instructor Lucas stated that the course teaches the type and development of ice and how to properly assess the situation. Instruction on the gear and equipment including the specialized dry suit that both insulates and provides buoyancy.  Another unique tool is the ice awls, small ice picks that help grip into the ice. Students expressed that they were glad to have the professional course and it has definitely changed the way they would respond.

From Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District

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