WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This season in Maine, at least four people have fallen through the ice and died. Rescuers say they are training to save lives.
Fire, Rescue, EMS, and Law Enforcement personnel
participated in an ice-rescue training program on Sunday.
Lifesavers and victims are up against frigid waters, hypothermia, and sometimes serious injuries.
"For instance a spinal injury. A lot of snowmobile accidents where there's actually a trauma," says Frank Catalono, afirefighter from New Jersey."It's not necessarily a first aid or an EMT class but we learn how to deal with somebody who needs medical attention further than hypothermia."
The 3 and half day course turns the lifesavers into trainers, taking their skills back to their home states in New England and Canada.