Cold plunge for Penticton Fire Department members in ice rescue training

Photos: Ice rescue training

Photographer Mike Biden was there to capture Friday's session.

Fire crews around the Okanagan hold a similar training sessions each year, as members take turns being rescued by their colleagues or pulling a dummy out of the lake.

Most members wear dry suits to protect them from the frigid water.

The Penticton Fire Department often responds to about two ice rescues a year, usually for a call with an animal stuck on the ice or a car that has driven into the lake.

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