Fire fighters train for ice rescue

Fire fighters train for ice rescue
By: Wes Wallace

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - "Any ice is considered unsafe." That's the word from Mark Hasheider, the Assistant Chief of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department.

On Tuesday afternoon, several firefighters took part in ice water rescue training.  After suiting up in special gear that helped keep water out and keep them afloat, firefighters worked on techniques to get people out quickly and safely.
"Before we go in or out on the ice, we try to extend a rope, a tree branch, anything to try to reach the victim,"  explains Hasheider.
He also says that the large number of waterfowl helps keep water around here a little warmer and keeps it moving around too, so ice won't freeze as hard locally as perhaps in other parts of the country.  Hasheider recommends avoiding walking, driving, or riding across any ice covered pond or other body of water.