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AFD divers train at Radium

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Rescue Divers with the Albany Fire Department train at an Albany landmark.  The dive at Radium Springs prepares them for dangerous recovery missions.

The AFD dive team has only been around a year. They continue to work on certifications so they can put their skills to use in places like the Flint River.        

"We're doing a equipment checkout dive with our newly formed dive team," said Battalion Chief Keith Ambrose.    

The Blue Hole at Radium Springs, a dangerous place to swim.  "We want to be the best that we can. We got several other certifications that we are going for," said Battalion Chief Keith Ambrose.    

Those certifications can help save someone's life. In August 2008, 23 year old D. J. Vinson drowned in an shallow area of the Flint River while trying to save two brothers. One of the brothers, 11-year-old Joshua Perry also drowned. That's the kind of emergency this dive team would respond to.  

"It's another tool, firefighters don't only fight fires, we do a lot of different things," Battalion Chief Keith Ambrose.    

These seven here are called advance divers, with nine or more dives under their belts.  These rescue divers will soon be ready to handle any situation.    

"When you call out divers, it's a recovery. Now recovery can be a victim, evidence, something that's lost and needs to be found and that's what your recovery divers are for," Battalion Chief Keith Ambrose.    

Chief Ambrose wants to start working with other agencies for additional training.  In the next year, all members of the dive team plan to become certified public safety divers.

 

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