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WYLIE (CBS11) – The Wylie Fire Department took our cameras in the water with them as they trained with new dive equipment in Lavon Lake.

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“It’s fast. It’s realistic. It is an honest piece of rescue equipment,” said Captain Kasey Nash.

Nash runs the squad of divers that answers to water emergencies.

“Our drive team stays fairly busy with dive emergencies unfortunately,” said Nash. “Especially the last couple of years… flood conditions. The City of Wylie sits in between two lakes.”

The new equipment consists of a vest, mask and air tank with 30 minutes worth of air.

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Firefighters can put the equipment on before reaching the scene of an emergency and enter the water immediately.

“This gives a victim, or somebody that lives in our community… a chance in a bad situation,” said Nash. “We can get to them quickly, rapidly, and give them the best chance of survival possible.”

Most departments use diving equipment designed for commercial dives. The kits consist of a large tanks, fins, weight belts and wet suits. The equipment is too bulky for fire fighters to wear in the truck, so they have to put it on at the scene. This can waste precious, lifesaving moments.

“We’re still mastering it and perfecting it,” said Nash. “But it’s new, and we’re just trying to get as fast as we possibly can with it.”

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