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Waterloo Fire Department practices ice rescue

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- As the winter weather starts to move out the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is urging people to be careful around ice over ponds, lakes, and rivers. The melting ice can quickly become a dangerous situation.

The Waterloo Fire Department practices ice rescues once a year. Jared Borgman and Joe Reiter are two recruits for the Waterloo Fire Department. They are going through four weeks of training, but on Thursday they were trying to save News Channel Seven's Nikki Newbrough from an ice filled lake.

"There is still ice on it so it was a good opportunity to get out and play on the ice. Show them some rescue techniques they are going to have to know," said Captain Mike Moore.

Before they get out on the water they must first put on water proof suits.

"You have to get comfortable with your gear. Take care of it and it takes care of you," said Riter.

Taking care of the fire fighters is exactly what these suits are made for. Keeping them afloat just incase they may have to get in the icy water too.

"You shouldn't be on the ice at all right now. We had the suits on, we did everything as safely as we possibly could, but I would not recommend anybody to be on the ice right now," said Moore.

It is safe to say this exercise was eye opening not just for Newbrough, but for Reiter as well.

"We got the best training we could get with about one morning worth of work here. It was a lot of fun I think the most fun I have had so far," Reiter said.

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