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This Is Dangerous Ice

When you work on ice, you know that conditions can change on a daily basis.  If you've taken Surface Ice Field Safety or Ice Rescue Technician training, you'll be prepared to work on lake or river surfaces that are completely frozen over.

But what happens if you were working on a solidly frozen river one day, and the next day you arrive to find an ice shelf with open sections in it?  Open leads on a partially frozen river are one of the most dangerous ice conditions that a worker or rescuer can encounter.

You'll need more than Surface Ice Field Safety or Ice Rescue Technician to deal with this kind of environment - this kind of dangerous ice requires advanced training. Specifically, you need to be able to identify current flowing under ice shelves, even at a slight angle, and how to conduct your operations in a safe manner to mitigate this significant risk. Self rescue and rescue of others also becomes much more complex in this type of environment.

If your workplace is in a hot zone (on the river, or within 10 feet of the bank) that resembles anything pictured below, advanced training is what you need.

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