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First Responders Doing Rescue Training Today

Posted: Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at 6:29 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News - Brad Gaspelin

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Marion County first responders will be doing another round of rescue training over the weekend. This training will prepare the emergency responders for ice rescues. Pella Ambulance Director Doug Polking says that the training involves putting on a special body suit that keeps the wearer dry and warm, and also helps them to float. They’ll be practicing for ice rescues on a pond at Hazel Street and Park Lane. Members from every emergency department in the county will participate in the training on Saturday or the following weekend. Many of the first responder teams in the county don’t have gear for ice rescue, and are asking the public for help with purchasing the equipment. If you would like to donate, contact Jeff Anderson, Marion County Emergency Management Coordinator at the Courthouse.