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Ice Rescue and Recovery Training

January 15, 2020

January 11, 2020 - U.S. Air Force fire protection specialists with the 673d Civil Engineer Squadron practice rescue and recovery techniques during ice rescue training at Six Mile Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The training, conducted in minus 15 degree Fahrenheit weather, taught the JBER firefighters the knowledge and skills necessary for safe rescue and recovery operations in, on and around ice and cold water. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

January 11, 2020 - U.S. Air Force fire protection specialists with the 673d Civil Engineer Squadron practice rescue and recovery techniques during ice rescue training at Six Mile Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The training, conducted in minus 15 degree Fahrenheit weather, taught the JBER firefighters the knowledge and skills necessary for safe rescue and recovery operations in, on and around ice and cold water.

After completion of a classroom session, practical skills evaluation and a written examination the fire protection specialists were certified as ice rescue technicians.

The above scenes show...

  • Top Left - Securing a safety line anchor

  • Top Right - Navigating in icy water while practicing self-recovery techniques

  • Bottom Left - Utilizing an inflatable raft to recover a simulated cold-water victim

  • Bottom Right - Pulling cold-water victims to the snow covered land with a safety line

Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña 

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