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Published April 12, 2014, 09:53 PM

Hawley first responders using "Rescue Alive" equipment for water rescue training

Hawley, MN (WDAY TV) - While most of us are thinking spring, first responders in Hawley are neck high in freezing cold water. Hawley's Emergency Response Team and volunteer fire department spent the day ice-water rescue training, with some new, state of the art equipment.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Hawley, MN (WDAY TV) - While most of us are thinking spring, first responders in Hawley are neck high in freezing cold water.

Hawley's Emergency Response Team and volunteer fire department spent the day ice-water rescue training, with some new, state of the art equipment.

This time of year on Lee Lake, taking a dip.

Pat Wallace/Hawley Emergency Response President: "The lakes are extremely dangerous to be on today."

Is not something you see every day.

Wallace: "Just going out to make our hole today was an issue."

But take a look at this.

Ben Moy/Hawley Volunteer Fireman: "My first water rescue training."

Luckily these guys have got the right gear.

Josh Hansen/Hawley Volunteer Fireman: "You didn't feel the cold water."

Moy: "It's a one size fits all suit."

Hansen: "Blocks pretty much everything."

Hawley emergency responders and firemen have teamed up to tackle ice water rescues, using new equipment called "Rescue Alive.”

Hansen: "The boat is set up so you can actually get out to the ice and walk on the ice with it."

To help.

Wallace: "It's been on our radar for several years."

First responders say they got the equipment after receiving a call of a boy who fell through the ice on this very same lake.

Wallace: "We haven't actually had to rescue anybody with it and we hope we don't have to."

Moy: "It has to become second nature and when there is an emergency you have to know."

So while this isn't your typical day at the lake.

Moy: "It was really good to get out there and experience what we're going to experience if we ever need to rescue somebody."

It's one full of training to save lives, as the ice starts to slip away from the surface.

Hansen: "This is when stuff like this is going to happen more often."

First responders say they don't believe any other departments in our area have this special Rescue Alive equipment.

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