Airdrie has a number of bodies of water and the Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) provides ice rescue services within the city limits. Airdrie firefighters receive specialized training to perform safe and efficient ice rescues.
Performing a safe ice rescue requires manpower, specialized equipment and teamwork. The AFD uses ice rescue suits which keep the rescuer dry and provides both insulation and flotation. Numerous devices are also used to to aid in securing and providing flotation for the victim.
Ice strength is determined by a number of factors such as air temperature, wind, ice thickness, water movement and chemistry. It is difficult to determine the strength of ice by simply looking at the surface. Always use caution. If you come upon a person that has fallen through the ice call 911.
Airdrie Fire Department Administration