ADA — The Ada Liberty Township Fire Department has recently developed
the first ice rescue team in Hardin County. Seven members have become
certified as Level 2 ice rescuers who are trained to go onto an
ice-covered body of water and retrieve victims who have fallen through
frozen lakes and ponds. Several additional members were trained in
shore-based ice rescue techniques.
There are 133 acres of lakes,
166 ponds and 297 linear miles of streams and rivers within Hardin
County. Many of these ponds are located in publicly accessible areas
where they pose a potential safety hazard.
The ALTFD has also purchased several pieces of equipment that are
necessary for ice rescue including throw bags, ice rescue suits,
helmets, personal flotation devices and a Rescue Alive craft that is
designed to safely transport a rescuer and victim across thin ice. The
department has also purchased a vehicle that will be used for ice
rescue, first responder calls and other specialized applications.
Training and equipment were partially funded by a grant from the Hardin
County Community Foundation.