Members of the Gouverneur Fire Department spent Saturday
morning of February 23, 2008 in the cold waters of Sylvia
Lake training in ice rescue techniques. Firefighters met
at the Pump House and donned "gumby" suits and
entered the frigid water to rescue "victims" who
fell through the ice.
Members were instructed by St.Lawrence County divermaster
Mark Smutz in several techniques of rescue including the
use of a floating harness and reach pole. One of the problems
faced with rescuers is often the victim in the water tends
to panic and making it difficult to secure the victim to
The GFD does not recommend people to walk on the ice if
they don't know how strong it is. A body of water like Sylvia
Lake has many thin spots due to bad weather and internal
springs. They also remind residents to not let their animals
on the ice.
The class included Joe "Doc" Lamb, Joe Lacks; Training
Coordinator, Chief Bob Gleason, Dorwin Gore, Fred Tharrett,
Ryan Bogardus, Vinny Ferry and Sophie the FireDog.
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