Howard County Firefighters Train to Rescue in Fire and Ice
Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 02:09 PM EST
In the middle of Maryland's biggest snow storm of the year, teams of Howard County Fire and Rescue Recruits spent hours training for ice rescues.
Ice rescues are becoming more common for both people and animals.
Last month, a calf fell through the ice in Boise, Idaho. Experts believe animals unknowingly walk onto thin ice and a human will try to rescue them.
Captain Mike Sharpe of the Howard County Fire and Rescue says there is no such thing as safe ice. "It may look safe, there may be people out there on it, but you never know where that weak spot is on the ice and you don't want to be the person who finds it."
The training was held Thursday as conditions were perfect for recruits to learn the different techniques and equipment they would need to make an ice rescue. The training could be life-saving.
Capt. Sharpe also taught that it's best for the person who has fallen in the ice to remain still, "if you struggle and try to climb back out on the ice while it's crumbling, you're burning up valuable energy. Huddle up, keep tight."
In Howard County, every ladder truck, front-line fire engine and rescue squad have the appropriate equipment to make an ice rescue.