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Southeast Iowa Emergency Crews Prepare For Ice Rescues

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BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Emergency crews in southeast Iowa are training on new equipment to better prepare for ice rescues.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports a dozen firefighters took turns submerging into Izaak Walton Lake Wednesday morning. They also played the role of the victim.

The annual training involved a sled that enables a rescuer to run over very thin ice by distributing his or her weight over a large surface. This allows the rescuer to remain in control of the victim without having to crawl or swim to them.

Officials say this is an especially dangerous time of year as warmer temperatures create dangerous conditions.

More firefighters are expected to receive training Thursday and Friday.

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