Upton Fire Department practicing their Ice Rescue Skills at Pratt Pond – photo courtesy of Upton Police Department
On January 29, 2015 the Upton Fire Department responded to an incident at Pratt Pond which luckily only involved a snow blower. The incident allowed the department to practice their ice rescue skills.
According to the Town Manager’s report, a resident had attempted to clear snow off of Pratt Pond near the River Street Dam with a snow blower to ice fish. In the report Upton Town Manger Blythe Robinson wrote, ” The ice is thin there and the snow blower fell through, thankfully not the resident. We dispatched the ambulance, boat, and other rescue equipment and staff and got the equipment out of the water.”
Robinson also wrote, “I must echo the Fire Chief in reminding residents that we never consider ice on ponds to be safe, and we especially don’t encourage taking equipment out to clear snow.”