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The Columbus Fire Department is conducting cold-water rescue training this week to prepare for possible water rescue emergencies this winter and to ensure optimal survivability around the city's 161 ponds and lakes.
Columbus Public Safety spokesman Lt. Matt Myers says training began Monday and will continue through Wednesday at the Tipton Lakes Marina. He adds that nearly all Columbus firefighters from all six of the city's fire stations are participating in this training .
Myers says the training scenarios simulate a real water emergency in which firefighters will pull an actual person from cold water at the marina. Firefighters will be practicing how to respond to an emergency water rescue call using specialty equipment and communications during an emergency rescue.
Myers call this training a "refresher course for fighters who trained earlier this year in ice water and will enable them to build on their skills using new cold-water rescue equipment." That equipment was purchased with funds from the sale of the mayor's city-owned vehicle shortly after Kristen Brown was sworn-in as mayor.
Myers went on to say that firefighters from Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department are also participating in this training. Officials say taking part will help their firefighters to become familiar with the Columbus Fire Department's procedures in case city firefighters are called in to perform a rescue in Harrison Township.
Columbus firefighters are scheduled to conduct additional ice-water rescue training again this winter when icy conditions form.
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 4:45:47 AM
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