AUBURN, Mass. — Members of the Auburn Fire Department Group 2 took to the ice on Auburn Pond next to Fire Headquarters on Monday morning to train for ice rescues.
Venturing out onto the ice, firefighters simulated drills to practice rescuing people both from the water, and as if they were stuck on the ice.
With the fluctuating weather making the ice over Auburn's bodies of water a potential risk for residents, firefighters urged residents Monday to stay off of the ice at this time.
“It is not safe; the ice on Auburn Pond was just over an inch thick. There are too many variables that go into what makes solid ice and makes ice safe," Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. said. "Our recommendation is to utilize public options such as the skating rink at the Veterans Park or Horgan Arena."