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Icy weather beneficial for rescue team

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Several weeks of below normal, arctic-like temperatures have left a thick layer of ice covering some local bodies of water.

While the ice may appear sturdy and inviting, it also can prove hazardous. Venture onto a weak spot and you’ll plunge into the frigid waters below. If it’s deep enough, you’ll need rescuing.

That’s where Pulaski County Special Operations Team comes in. Team members are trained to handle rescue situations that require specialized skills, such as those on steep terrain, in floodwaters and in icy water.

Before predicted warmer weather melt the ice, team members decided to take advantage of it by practicing the skills they’ll need if an ice emergency occurs. Training took place Sunday, on a thick layer of ice that has formed on the pool at Randolph Park.

Team leader Brad Wright said the team got to try out newly purchased cold weather suits and learned new ice rescue techniques that could come in handy given current weather conditions.

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