Olathe firefighters practice icy water rescues - KCTV5 News

Olathe firefighters practice icy water rescues

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Firefighters on Friday practiced dragging people trapped in an icy pond to safety.

Firefighters know frozen ponds are too tempting for some, and then tragedy can strike.

"Unfortunately they get a little braver as they walk our further," Capt. Bill Schneider of the Olathe Fire Department said. "And they don't have the mechanism to save themselves."

No such rescues have occurred so far this winter. But with warmer weather, the ice will get thinner. Firefighters say it's important to talk to the victims and get them in a position to be dragged from the water.

"If somebody's fallen through and drowning, it's not going to take very long before their arms and legs aren't working and then they go into hypothermia and start not thinking clearly," said Olathe firefighter Kevin Hilboldt.

Ultimately, they want to keep people off the ice.

"Don't go on the ice. Enjoy the scenery but don't go on the ice," Schneider said.

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