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Alert Issued For Croton Ice Rescue Training Exercise

Kaplan's Pond in Croton-on-Hudson.
Kaplan's Pond in Croton-on-Hudson. Photo Credit: Google Maps

The Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department is taking advantage of the winter weather to conduct specialized training in the area.

The department will be conducting a training exercise - with the approval of Village Manager Janine King - at Kaplan’s Pond, at the corner of Lounsbury Road and Giglio Court on Saturday, Jan. 13.

During the training exercise, the department will be reviewing “ice rescue” techniques, which will involve cutting holes in the ice and conducting simulated rescues of “victims.” The exercise is expected to begin around 8 a.m. and should last through the middle of the afternoon.

Department officials said that at the completion of the drill, barricades will be left in place in the areas around the holes for the safety of residents that are looking to skate, play hockey or enjoy the area.

“We will do our best to operate in an area that doesn’t impede on these activities, but it may be necessary for us to do so,” officials said. “Conducting training such as this is vital to ensure we provide the best level of response in the event of an ice rescue emergency.”

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