The Harwich Fire Department took advantage of the cold, clear weather on Saturday to practice ice rescue drills on Bucks Pond. According to an HFD release, all firefighters are trained for ice rescues, a skill the department hopes they never have to use.
Natural ice, including ice on ponds and lakes and in ocean harbors, is unpredictable and can be unsafe, even after a deep freeze. HFD reminds everybody to never go on the ice alone and to never let your dog out on the ice. Many ice emergencies begin with a dog on the ice and the owner following, according to HFD.