WDRB goes along with Harrods Creek FD for an icy water rescue
Seth Bloom is a firefighter and EMT for Harrods Creek Fire Department and says that's good advice.
"It's our job to get out there quick, efficiently and ultimately get the rescue accomplished," Bloom said.
On Wednesday, he played the role of "victim" in an icy water rescue training session.
“Being involved in a training like that is definitely beneficial,” Bloom told WDRB.
Harrods Creek Fire is equipped with the resources they need to rescue victims from water in very cold conditions.
A rescue sled and ice suits, also known as "Gumby suits" are just a few.
"We actually don't feel any of the cold in the water unless when we fall in and the water gets in that hood, that's how we get wet but other than that, we stay pretty warm,” he said.
Once Seth falls in the water, it takes the team a couple minutes to get him out.
A first responder goes out after him.
The others stay on land, waiting on their cue to pull the two in on a rope.
Deputy Chief Kent Kruler says trainings like this one are crucial for his crew because they get called to rescues all across Jefferson County.
“There's not a lot of resources out there that can handle these things,” he told WDRB.
He says applying these skills to real life is what matters because when someone is in the water, time is not on their side.
"When you're in water, your body loses heat 25 times faster than just being out in the air,” said Kruler. "Within 5 or 6 minutes you'll start suffering the effects of hypothermia."
Officials say if you have an ice emergency, it's never a good idea to go in after someone. They say you should always call 911.
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