Firefighters undergo ice rescue training in Batavia

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Firefighters in Batavia spent the day on the ice on Monday at Dewitt Recreation Park, learning to save lives.

The goal was to have as many personnel as possible certified in ice rescue training. Crews went through several scenarios, including rope rescues and trying to save an unconscious victim. Mother Nature helped out with this training session.

“Earlier it was a blizzard. There was almost no visibility, which could be the real thing if somebody goes out in an ice shandy, ice fishing and falls through. We could have to do this in almost zero visibility like firefighting,” said ice rescue instructor Lt. Robert Fix.

Lt. Fix says this training is so important because the City of Batavia has about 325 acres of open water inside city limits. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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