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FALL PREPLANNING FOR SAFE ICE RESCUE OPERATIONS, PART 1

09/01/1999
FALL PREPLANNING FOR SAFE ICE RESCUE OPERATIONS, PART 1 ANDREA ZAFERESWALT "BUTCH" HENDRICK The following article specifically addresses ice rescue operations, but the process is the same for all water-related incidents. We frequently ask fire, police, and EMS personnel who have worked on a surface ice rescue incident, "What was the most important thing you learned from the operation?" The most common response is, "We were not prepared! We didn`t have the right equipment or procedures. We did not have standard operating procedures and guidelines, and the incident management system fell apart." The universal result of not being prepared is the endangerment of rescu...

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