‘Stay Off’: Firefighters Issue Ice Safety Warnings As Temps Increase

Volunteer firefighters in Oromocto want to remind the public about the dangers of going out on the ice as the cold weather starts to ease up.

A Facebook post from the Oromocto Volunteer Firefighters Association said crews responded Sunday to two calls of people falling through the ice on the Oromocto and Saint John rivers.

They say one of those calls required firefighters to perform a rescue operation, adding they heard reports in other areas of snowmobiles falling through the ice.

“With the warm weather the ice is now dangerous. Please stay off of it,” fire crews said, noting how quickly a day on the ice can turn into a dangerous situation.

“If you are out, please travel in pairs and never ride alone.”

Officials say spring-like weather conditions cause the ice to melt quickly.

According to Environment Canada, Fredericton and its surrounding areas, including Oromocto, reached highs near six degrees Celsius on Sunday.

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