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Diver training conducted

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Ridgeland firefighters and dive team members Willie “Pop” Jackson (left) and Kevin Wisnoski assist a trainee with his dive helmet and breathing apparatus.

Diver training for the Ridgeland Fire Department Dive Team occurred November 28-30, 2016. This 30-hour class, “Helmet Operations,” was designed by the Ridgeland Fire Department to specifically meet the needs of public safety divers. The class involved classroom, pool work and open water work, and it encompassed diver training and surface support training to ensure continuous air supply to divers. The class utilized Kirby Morgan dive helmets which provide the Ridgeland Dive Team with superior head protection while diving under piers and other hazardous areas. The helmets also provide excellent protection while diving in contaminated waters. This training led by Ridgeland Dive Team Leader Steve Wilson will qualify Ridgeland divers to stay underwater for longer periods of time while being better protected.