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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

If you see someone getting pushed off of the Dillingham Bridge in Columbus this week, don't panic! It's all part of the Columbus Fire and EMS Department's Divemaster training.

The training will be taking place for the rest of the week as response personnel test their command and diving skills, and also receive underwater training, and boat operations experience. The idea is to be better prepared in drowning situations, and have more people who are dive certified.

Lieutenant Michael Sadler of Columbus Fire and EMS was in command of today's exercise and explained that these skills are especially important now that the whitewater rafting course is open. "The whitewater… brings a lot more people, but we also bring a little bit of a hazard to our job and to the city," Sadler says. "So, we need to be more proficient at what we do and have a good response."

These tests will not only give Columbus Fire and EMS more experience, but they will also bring those participating one step closer to becoming a Dive Instructor, which will likely result in more qualified divers on staff.  

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