In Greenbrier County, some Lewisburg firefighters took extra time out to train for swift water and dive rescue scenarios.
With the help of some new equipment purchased with grant money, the Lewisburg Fire Department’s dive team conducted training in Blue Bend last weekend. Eight public safety divers of the team obtained certification in Dry Suit and Full Face Mask, while two new team members received their open water certification.
“Our fire training entails about 240 hours a year that we put in,” Chief Joseph Thomas said. “But then the extra disciplines that we have here at Lewisburg — the rope, the hazmats, swift water and dive — also entails those guys to get additional training for each of those disciplines. That way, we’re ready for whatever emergency happens.”
Thomas said Lewisburg Fire received six swift water rescue calls last year, mainly on the Greenbrier River.