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Tri-Township firefighters training crew to be public safety divers

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Local firefighters are learning how to do more underwater.

The Tri-Township Fire Department is training crew members to be public safety divers. This is a step up from regular sport diving and includes an intense two week training course.

Firefighters are learning how to search for victims, evidence or vehicles underwater.

Fire officials say you really can't see anything at the bottom or our area's murky ponds, lakes and rivers, so you have to feel for it.

"Basically it's no different really than a fire, except of course you're underwater. There's no visibility usually," Darren Smith, Tri-Township Asst. Chief, said.

In all, nine Tri-Township firefighters are now trained as public safety divers.

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