Bath firefighters plunge into pond for rescue training

Posted March 26, 2013, at 10:30 a.m.

BATH, Maine — Only weeks after the Bath Fire Department saved a 13-year-old Bath boy stranded on an ice floe in the Kennebec River, firefighters on Monday headed to Whiskeag Pond in North Bath for ice rescue training.

The pond was covered with ice approximately 1 to 2½ inches thick — perfect for a “person through the ice scenario,” according to Capt. Mike Clarke of the Bath Fire Department.

After training in water nearing minus 3.3 degrees Celsius, the four firefighters are now certified as cold water rescue technicians, Clarke said.

“It is our hope to increase the amount of equipment and training in this particular discipline, based strictly on the water surroundings in Bath,” Clarke wrote in an email.