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Your role as a resident or bystander is simple. Stay off the ice and call 911. South Metro Fire Rescue’s firefighters are trained and equipped to rescue people and pets from icy lakes and ponds. You are not. You don’t have the training nor the special equipment.
If your dog runs onto the ice and falls in, stay on shore and call 911. If you see a person after they fell through the ice, call 911.
An ice rescue has four deliberate stages:
Self-Rescue: If you fall through the ice, find the ice edge where you fell in because it is the strongest. Put your elbows on the ice surface, kick your legs so they float behind you, kick harder to push yourself forward and climb onto ice. Once on the ice, roll on your side to safety.
If you can’t kick hard enough to get onto the ice, your arms will freeze on the ice, which will keep your head above the water if you pass out from hypothermia or exhaustion.
If someone else has fallen through the ice, coach them through a self-rescue while reminding them that help is on the way.
Reach: When the firefighters arrive, they will attempt to reach the person or animal with a branch, pole or ladder.
Throw: If reaching doesn’t work, firefighters will throw a life ring, life vest, or rope to the person.
Go: If needed, firefighters trained and equipped for ice rescue crawl onto the ice to rescue the person or animal. They have special protective suits and equipment, including a rope that connects them to rescuers who remain on shore.
Although a sheet of ice may appear strong, it often hides cracks, air pockets and weaker layers that can surprise even the most prepared among us.
The best advice: Stay Off the Ice. If a person or animal falls in, call 911.
(Edited and reposted from December 2020)
Happy Thanksgiving from the HOA
from South Metro Fire Rescue
With the changing of the seasons inevitably comes a changing of risks South Metro Fire Rescue wants our community to be prepared for. The following is information on our department's top concerns this winter, as well as tips to help empower our community members to keep themselves safe. South Metro Fire Rescue wants our residents to enjoy this holiday season.
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Visit the NFPA's Home Fire Safety Page for Additional Ways to Stay Safe
Thank you so much for taking the time to focus on your safety this holiday season. South Metro Fire Rescue is ready to respond to any emergency, however, we would prefer to meet you under less dire circumstances. Keep warm, stay safe, and let's end 2023 the best way we can: focusing on taking care of those around us and staying happy and healthy!
Happy Holidays from your SMFR Community Risk Reduction Team
Please direct questions to: ReducingRisk@SouthMetro.org
Posted November 22, 2023
12/1 - TrailMark Monthly Newsletter
12/4 - TrailMark Night at the Lights
5:00-8:00 pm, Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield
UPDATE: We have enough volunteers. Thank you to everyone for your help!
12/5 - Walk/Run with TrailMark Fit
6:30-7:00 am at Hogback Hill Park; info
12/14 - Deadline to enter your home
for TrailMark Holiday Lights Contest
12/16 - TrailMark Holiday Lights Parade & Contest
6:30 pm; Enter your home here
12/26 - Garbage Pick-up delayed until 12/27
due to Christmas holiday
1/1 - HOA Quarterly Assessments Due
1/3 - HOA 101
4:00-6:30 pm; RSVP for address in TrailMark
1/9 - HOA Board Meeting
6:00 pm at Falcon Bluffs, 8449 South Garrison
1/16 - TMMD Regular Meeting
1/21 - Holiday take-down - TrailMark Entrance
10:00 am; Meet at the shed