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Firefighters practice ice rescues in Buffalo Grove

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  • Paid on Call rookie firefighter Kyle Schrems from Lincolnshire made his first ice rescue on fellow firefighter/paramedic Nick Otto from the Buffalo Grove Fire Department. Both braved the 30 degree temperature practicing their ice rescue drills at the retention pond located next to the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday.

       Paid on Call rookie firefighter Kyle Schrems from Lincolnshire made his first ice rescue on fellow firefighter/paramedic Nick Otto from the Buffalo Grove Fire Department. Both braved the 30 degree temperature practicing their ice rescue drills at the retention pond located next to the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighter/paramedic Jason Stockton from Lincolnshire makes ice break with his body donning a dry suit and braving the 30 degree temperature to practice his ice rescue drills. The retention pond located next to the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove is where the training took place.

       Firefighter/paramedic Jason Stockton from Lincolnshire makes ice break with his body donning a dry suit and braving the 30 degree temperature to practice his ice rescue drills. The retention pond located next to the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove is where the training took place.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters from different departments from across the Northwest suburbs braved the elements to practice their ice rescue drills at the retention pond at the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday.

       Firefighters from different departments from across the Northwest suburbs braved the elements to practice their ice rescue drills at the retention pond at the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighter/paramedic Jason Stockton from Lincolnshire dons a dry suit braving the 30 degree water to rescue victim Nick Otto from Buffalo Grove Fire Department during their ice rescue drills. The training took place at the retention pond located next to the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday.

       Firefighter/paramedic Jason Stockton from Lincolnshire dons a dry suit braving the 30 degree water to rescue victim Nick Otto from Buffalo Grove Fire Department during their ice rescue drills. The training took place at the retention pond located next to the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighter/paramedic rescue victim Nick Otto from the Buffalo Grove Fire Department is all smiles as he waits in his dry suit to be rescued by fellow firefighters. They were practicing their drills at the retention pond located next to the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday.

       Firefighter/paramedic rescue victim Nick Otto from the Buffalo Grove Fire Department is all smiles as he waits in his dry suit to be rescued by fellow firefighters. They were practicing their drills at the retention pond located next to the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Paid on Call rookie firefighter Kyle Schrems from Lincolnshire made his first ice rescue braving the 30 degree plus temperature at the retention pond located next to the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday.

       Paid on Call rookie firefighter Kyle Schrems from Lincolnshire made his first ice rescue braving the 30 degree plus temperature at the retention pond located next to the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 

With alternating warm and cold weather making walking on pond ice very dangerous, firefighters Wednesday practiced their ice rescue skills at a retention pond adjacent to the Combined Area Fire Training Facility in Buffalo Grove.

The joint training exercise included firefighters from the Buffalo Grove and Wheeling fire departments, and from the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods and Long Grove fire protection districts.

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