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Kodiak Fire Department Personnel practice cold water and ice rescues on Lilly Lake Monday. Jay Barrett/KMXT photo

Jay Barrett/KMXT

If you saw ambulances and firetrucks around the east end of Lilly Lake yesterday – or even today, don’t worry, nobody fell through the ice. Instead, they jumped in voluntarily. Kodiak Fire Chief Rome Kamai says it’s part of ice rescue training going on this week for Fire Department personnel.

(KFD 1 47 sec "We do this every year … and pull them out.")

Kamai says training will take place several days this week so all the shifts at the fire department can experience cold water and ice rescues:

(KFD 2 45 sec "Firefighter Robert … do it on their own.")

The chief says he’s been the man in the water himself over the years:

(KFD 3 27 sec "Well, with the immersion … and we’re staying warm.")

Before they wrapped up for the day on Monday, the crew put traffic cones and yellow tape around the hole they cut in the ice. They planned on doing more training through Wednesday.

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