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TFD Water Rescue Team practicing for Spring thaw

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Maumee River is still very much frozen with snow and ice, but with more mild temperatures coming later this week, Toledo Fire and Rescue wants to be ready for anyone who takes a chance.

Under the watchful eye of members of the US Coast Guard, 12 members of the Toledo Fire Department's Water Rescue Team put in three hours of valuable ice training Tuesday afternoon.

Toledo Fire recently bought several new rescue tools, including a boat called a rapid deployment aircraft, which inflates in just 45 seconds.

Another tool they recently acquired is a rescue sling, which can be used to pull a victim onto the boat.

The Water Rescue Team began this formalized training several weeks ago, and with the spring thaw coming, it's the perfect time.

"When we're surrounded by water like this, you always keep in mind that it is really difficult to tell how safe that ice actually is," said Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld.  "That's why our recommendation is to stay off the ice.  We realize folks aren't going to do that, and that is why you see what's happening."

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