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Rescuers Respond, But Report False

The Omaha police and fire departments want to know why a man called 911 Friday morning claiming there were two people trapped in a frozen pond.

OFD responded to North 114th Avenue and West Maple Road just after 9 a.m. with its ice rescue team, a dive team and all the support staff and equipment. Turned out one of the alleged victims was more than 100 miles away.

Once it was determined to be a false alarm, firefighters considered using the opportunity to get in a little practice. “There was actually some talk, they were debating on whether or not to use this for a training opportunity, but it doesn’t appear the water was deep enough to get in the water today, but yes, we do treat these situations as training exercises often times in our false alarm calls like this one,” said the OFD’s Dan Olsen.

Police say the man who made the call had been outside for some time and was not properly dressed for the weather. He was placed in an ambulance to warm up and they hope to get more information from him once his condition improved.

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