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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.

The fire department will receive 15 vests and six helmets from the sheriff’s office, which can be used during swift-water rescues, such as reaching a motorist stranded after getting stuck on a flooded road, Franklin Fire Department

spokesman Brad Epperson said. The fire department handles any rescue on top of water, while the sheriff’s office dive team would handle any issues underneath the water, Epperson said.

The agreement will need to be approved by the Franklin City Council, but was approved by the Johnson County Commissioners on Monday.

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