On Tuesday June 21st firefighters from the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 descended upon the Cold Spring Boat Club and utilized their riverside docks for some water rescue training. The main focus of the session was to give basic instruction on how and when to use the dry/thermal suits, different rope rescue techniques, and ultimately to provide all members with the opportunity to wear the suits and get a feel for their capabilities. The suits provide protection for rescuers under extreme water conditions, such as one might find along the Hudson River or the region’s lakes and ponds.
Hypothermia is the primary concern for first responders during any water rescue scenario. No matter whether its the middle of January or the summer months, depending upon numerous factors (ranging from age, health, water/air temperature, dehydration, time of exposure, etc..) the loss of core body temperature can lead to health complications, shock and loss of life.
*Interested in volunteering? Fill out an application, stop by on one of our drill nights (every Tuesday @ 7:30pm) or give us a call 265-9241