March 13, 2019
With the arrival of spring, warming temperatures brings ice-related dangers that we need to be aware of.
As first responders in the fire service, we may be called out to respond to a person or pet that has fallen through thin ice. Here are some safety points we need to be mindful of to protect our first responders:
- Develop a safe zone and control perimeter for the fire team, and keep everyone else well back from the scene.
- Do not attempt to go out to the victim without the required personal protective equipment.
- Call for assistance.
- Remember that at least six to eight rescuers are needed to rescue one person.
- Call out to the victim and instruct them in how to attempt a self-rescue.
Safety Tips for Community Members
- Use designated ice.
- Measure ice thickness in several locations.
- Avoid travelling on ice at night or when it is snowing.
- Never go onto ice.
- Stay off river ice and avoid the narrows between lakes.
- Wear a thermal protection buoyant suit or a lifejacket.
- Take safety equipment with you.
Fire Services Manager West Kelowna