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Hastings Fire Department trains on Lake Rebecca

The Hastings Fire Department held an ice rescue training session Feb. 21 at Lake Rebecca. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 7
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Adam Finseth, left, is pictured saving Steve Crisp, who played the victim, during the ice rescue training. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 7
Part of the crew helped out on shore. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 7
The series of photos shows how firefighters would pull a victim to safety in the event of an ice rescue. The victim would be placed on an ice rescue board with the firefighter holding on behind. Firefighters on shore would pull the two to safety on top of the ice. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 7
Chris Vieths is pictured pulling the rope in so that his crew member and the "victim" can be pulled to safety. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 7
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The Hastings Fire Department spent part of the morning on Feb. 21 at Lake Rebecca training for ice rescues. John Townsend, assistant fire and EMS director, said it was an annual training for part of the crew.

One firefighter was dressed in a wetsuit to stay warm as he got into the cold water in Lake Rebecca. The rest of the crew practiced the process of rescuing someone who may have fallen through the ice or into the icy waters in the middle of winter.

In the training session, one of the firefighters crawled on the ice toward the victim with an ice rescue board. The firefighter got into the water and placed a rescue sling around the victim. Once the firefighter had the victim in his arms, the rest of the crew pulled them to safety using a rope.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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