SCARBOROUGH (WGME) – Some first-responders in southern Maine spent the weekend brushing up on their ice rescue skills.
Lifesaving Resources’ 20th annual International Ice Rescue Instructor Academy took place in Scarborough.
The intensive program is four days long. It is designed to train first responders as ice rescue instructors. They learn the skills required to safely respond and rescue people on and around cold waters.
“There have been numerous occasions where a dog has gone through the ice and the dog has survived and the human does not. So we really need to educate people to keep them off the ice,” said Jerry Dworkin, a consultant with Lifesaving Resources.
The sessions ran from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., preparing the first responders for all types of ice rescues.