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Franklin gets new water rescue equipment

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About $15,000 worth of new equipment will help Franklin firefighters with water rescues.

Franklin City Council members have approved buying wetsuits, life jackets, water rescue helmets and other equipment for the Franklin Fire Department, which firefighters will use to help remove people from flooded homes and to search lakes for drowning victims.

Money for the new equipment comes from the sale of a truck from the Franklin Fire Department to the Bargersville Fire Department, Fire Chief John Henderson said.

Franklin firefighters respond to between 12 and 24 water rescue calls a year, and Henderson said the new equipment will allow them to go to water rescues countywide, not just in Franklin.

The city department has been working with the Bargersville Fire Department and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on water rescue calls in the three areas, with each department playing a different role, Henderson said.

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