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Photo Essay: Fort McCoy firefighters practice diving under ice for rescue operations

Photo Essay: Fort McCoy firefighters practice diving under ice for rescue operations

Story by Scott Sturkol on 02/22/2019

Firefighters wearing a full diving suit and related equipment dove under the ice Feb. 6, 2019, at Big Sandy Lake on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis.

About a dozen firefighters with the Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department practiced ice diving as part of the Fort McCoy dive team.

Overall, the firefighters completed four days of training related to ice diving that also included classroom time and practice at the pool at Rumpel Fitness Center.

Fort McCoy built the dive team capability eight years ago and the team has responded to real-world emergencies, including recently to an emergency in Sparta, Wis.

Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin. The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services each year since 1984.

Learn more about Fort McCoy online at, on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy,” and on Twitter by searching “usagmccoy.

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