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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Ice Related Incidents

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has attended a number of incidents today involving frozen lakes.

 “If you see someone, or a pet, fall through the ice and get into difficulty never try and rescue them yourself instead ring 999 and ask for the Fire Service immediately.”

The first call was received at just after 12pm reporting a dog that had fallen through ice into the lake at Bates Wood Nature Reserve on Shraley Brook Road in Audley. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the owner of the dog also in the water as she had entered to try to rescue her dog. Unfortunately the dog was already deceased when it was pulled from the lake, however the woman was uninjured.

A second call was received just before 3pm reporting that that a dog had fallen through the ice into a pond in Hanley Park on College Road in Hanley. Firefighters from Hanley attended the incident. Two firefighters entered the water in dry suits to rescue the dog who was safely reunited with its owner.

Fire control have also received calls reporting youngsters playing on the ice in Holden Pool in Sneyd Green and further reports of two youngsters skating on an iced over pond behind Staffordshire University in Fenton have been received. Fire crews have attended both sites to talk to the youngsters about the dangers of playing on the ice.

Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ian Sloss said “Unfortunately we have seen an increase in incidents on frozen lakes and pools, particularly on days when schools have been closed.  Frozen lakes and pools are not playgrounds and we’d urge parents to explain this to their children. At the moment the water in lakes and ponds is of a dangerously low temperature and if people fall through the ice they will quickly get into difficulty because the cold water is a real shock to the system. The service is also encouraging people to ensure they keep pet dogs on a lead.

 “If you see someone, or a pet, fall through the ice and get into difficulty never try and rescue them yourself instead ring 999 and ask for the Fire Service immediately.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “We are urging parents to keep a close eye on their children as the cold snap continues to take hold. Make sure you know where your children are. What can appear as harmless fun could lead to something very serious if ice breaks.”