- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - As the temperatures drop, Boise firefighters are getting ready for a cold-weather challenge: icy pond rescues.

KTVB-TV reports (https://is.gd/YuC5xb ) the firefighters expect that training will be put to use sometime during the winter months.

With temperatures around the region not reaching above freezing since Christmas Eve, ponds and lakes are starting to freeze over. But the safety of that ice is highly questionable.

Once a year the Boise Fire Department gives its veterans and first year firefighters a refresher course in ice water rescue. This year, the training happened Thursday at Parkcenter Pond.

Boise Fire is hoping residents know to stay off the ice. Authorities say the best response to a pet or a person falling through the ice is to call 911.

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Information from: KTVB-TV, https://www.ktvb.com/

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