Franklin Fire Department gives unneeded diving equipment to police force

A fire department’s unused gear will go the police officers for training.

The Franklin Fire Department no longer has an underwater dive team and has equipment they no longer need, such as dry suits and

underwater communication systems. As a trade, the sheriff’s office would get the diving equipment and then buy the same value of different equipment for the fire department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy Werden said.

The sheriff’s office dive team will need new equipment in the future, including dry suits and underwater communications systems. The dive team uses this equipment about two dozen times a year to recover evidence from ponds, creeks, and rivers, Werden said.

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