Firefighters Watch Dog Drown in Icy Water Due to Department Policy

Firefighters in Barrie, Ontario, watched as a couple’s ten-year-old golden retriever, Brody, fell through the ice on a river near the couple’s house. Dennis and Linda Weaver, both 71, called 911 when Brody fell through the ice. According to Linda, firefighters stationed at the shoreline explained that they were unable to intervene, citing the department's policy against conducting water or ice rescues for companion animals due to associated risks. A municipal bylaw reinforces this restriction, preventing firefighters from undertaking services beyond their training. South River Machar Fire Chief Risto Maki clarified the department's lack of training in swift water rescues and tethering to animals.