We have two of our members suit up in our gumby suits. One is designated as the rescuer and the other as a back up. They are attacked to a rescue rope and we have at least 3 members on shore to man the rope. the rescuer will shuffle out to the victim (or as close as he can get before the ice breaks) trying to get past the victim and come up from behind. He will have to break & swim to get to the victim if the ice breaks.
Once at the victim he will try to reach around the person from behind and under the arms with the rope he is holding. Using a caribener he hooks the rope together. Once connected he taps the top of his head to signal the crew on land to start pulling. They pull the victim & the rescuer out of the water.
Once on land a waiting crew quickly transfers them to a warm ambulance and then medic personnel starts patient care.
Another option if the victim is able is to toss them a rescue rope or reach out with a long pike pole or other object for them to grab and pull them in that way.
There are are many other ways and options using boats, other inflatables, ladders and other equipment that can be used too. Just depends on what equipment your department has and the training they do with it.
We ice rescue train and had a class this last wednesday but I had to work so I couldn't attend. They went up to the local pond cut a hole in the ice used the cold suits and put a ff in the water and rescued him. They rotated everyone through so they knew what it was like in the water with the suits.
We do Ice rescue in our area. We have a few lakes, ponds, rivers and a bay in our area, so ice rescue is essential. We have the safety gear that allows us to get in the water or ice and practice safety measures to do it safely.When doing Ice rescue, it's not about having a fast sure way of doing it with limited help, it's all about doing it safely. Have I mentioned safety yet? Only advice I have is to make sure you have your sh stuff together and ready to go. Get some kind of plan under way, like who's doing what, while en route. Train as much as you can and see what works for you.
I would like to add, that a great time to do ice rescue is when the ice is starting to melt. Makes it a little more interesting as the ice breaks away from you while you are working.
Lifesaving Resources Inc. (lifesaving.com), a nationally-recognized Water and Ice Rescue training company based in Harrisville, New Hampshire, develops Ice Rescue, Water Rescue, and Swiftwater Rescue training curriculums and conducts this training throughout North America for the Public Safety and Rescue sector.
The company conducts a series of Ice Rescue Technician Courses at its Water and Ice Rescue Training Center each winter, in addition to an annual Ice Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy. To date, the company has trained Ice Rescue Technicians from 32 states, plus Canada, Greece, and Norway. In addition, over 300 Instructors have been trained for Fire, Rescue, EMS, and Law Enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The Lifesaving Resources' sponsored Ice Rescue training courses are conducted on a pond over moving water in historic Harrisville, NH which offers two rigid ice shelves with an open water channel between them. Prior to each course, Lifesaving Resources' staff and faculty use chain saws to trim the ice shelf and channel to make it more accessible and to provide additional open water for the practical evolutions.
Within the Train-the-Trainer Academy, Instructors are taught how to open an ice hole when an open water channel is not available. We advocate assigning course students into 5-person or 6-person rescue squads and advocate the need to open up two (2) 6' x 6' holes for each rescue squad.
For additional information, contact Lifesaving Resources Inc. at 603.827.4139, firstname.lastname@example.org, or access their website at http://www.lifesaving.com.
Meanwhile dates and courses for the 2010 season include the following:
Ice Rescue Technician Courses
#1: January 23, 2010
#2: February 06, 2010
#3: March 06, 2010
Ice Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy
February 18 - 21, 2010
Swiftwater Rescue Technician Course
April 17 - 18, 2010
Water Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy
May 20 - 23, 2010
I'm an Ice Rescue Instructor for Dive Rescue International. I suggest that you get a qualified instructor to teach you how to do ice rescue. Whether you send one of your own dept members to an insturctor class or get an instructor to come to your dept and teach. There are a lot of different agencies that have ice rescue train the trainer classes. Then you can learn the proper techniques to do ice rescue as opposed to learning from the forums.