Dog rescue provides first responders with refresher course in ice safety

7:26 PM, Dec 11, 2013   |    comments
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AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- First responders were given a refresher in their ice rescue procedures when they responded to a call for help for a dog that fell through the ice on Taylor Pond early Tuesday morning.

The Fire Department received the call just after 2am that a doberman was stranded in a hole about 200 feet from shore.

Firefighters donned exposure suits and ventured out onto the ice and found the dog unconscious and hypothermic.  She was loaded into an inflatable rescue boat and pulled to shore with a rope.

"This time of year we begin to ramp up our expectations and refreshing on-ice rescue training, so we were prepared," explained Auburn Fire Chief Frank Roma.  "At this time of the year, early in the season and late in the season as the ice is coming in and going out, that these type of incidents happen."

Paramedics were waiting onshore to attempt to revive the dog. They placed her in a fire department truck and continued their care while transporting her to the Animal Emergency Clinic.

The dog is now back home recovering.

In the meantime, crews are using this incident as a reminder that ice is not yet safe to venture out on. Generally you want an ice thickness of at least 4 inches to walk, and 5 inches to support snowmobiles or ATVs.


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