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Firefighters practice ice rescue drills

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Ice rescue crews had the chance to test and improve their skills on the frozen Mississippi River Friday.

The drill is designed to be realistic. The rescue team got a call at the station and responded as if it was an actual emergency.

The teams had rescuers on the ice and learned through trained questions and answers that someone in the water needed help.

"We're in a very water friendly neighborhood and we have to be able to react to anybody that goes out and enjoys the situation and maybe gets themselves into trouble," said Capt. Kevin Kappauf, La Crosse Fire Department ice rescue instructor.

These drills take place at least once a year.

Kappauf said even though there's a core search team, every firefighter needs to know the basics in case they're on call during an emergency situation.

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