Anthony Barber is one of 32 current firefighters who volunteered to serve on the dive team
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Team members began classroom instruction Tuesday, and hope to be ready for limited duty in September.
To get initial certification they'll also go through at least 30 hours of training in pool dives and complete four operational check dives in open waters.
They'll complete up to 18 months of further training to receive their emergency public safety diving certification.
Anthony Barber is one of 32 current firefighters who volunteered to serve on the dive team. "It's great to have this, because you never know whenever we're needed. I think it's best we do have one on hand so whenever somebody needs that help we'll be ready to provide it," said Barber.
The Albany Fire Department Dive Team was approved by the city commission last month and will receive about $70,000 for training and equipment.