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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-008
Date: January 25, 2011

Ice Rescue Training Exercise

Who:       Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
What:      Ice Rescue Training Exercise
When:     1 p.m. start time, Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Where:    Fairview Lake, 2900 Block of Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Virginia

Firefighters from Fire and Rescue Station 18, Jefferson, Fire and Rescue Station 8, Annandale, and Fire and Rescue Station 23, West Annandale, will be conducting an ice rescue training exercise at Fairview Lake, 2900 Block of Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Virginia, Wednesday, January 26, 2011, starting at 1 p.m.

Firefighters will be equipped with specialized suits and tools, and will train on rescuing personnel from Fairview Lake. Personnel will be available for interviews.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has fully equipped and trained personnel for ice rescue emergencies.

Ice Safety Tips

  • Ice formed on moving water ponds, lakes, and rivers is never safe. Daily changes in temperature affect the strength and thickness of the ice. Because of these factors, no one can declare the ice to be absolutely safe.
  • If someone falls through the ice, act quickly, call 911.
  • Do not go out on the ice, many times would-be rescuers become victims themselves.
  • Obey posted warning signs. If they say “KEEP OFF,” there’s a good reason.
  • If you see an animal on the ice, that doesn’t mean the ice is safe for you to walk on. Cats and dogs are generally much lighter than people.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs,
services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
4100 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030


Last Modified: Monday, August 29, 2011

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