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Jones Co. Rescue Dive Team Begins Training
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When law enforcement expand their search to cover land and bodies of water, some of the people they call on are divers. 

The Jones County Rescue Dive Team are keeping their skills sharp in case of an emergency.

Brandon Teague has been a part of the team for the past three years.

He's one of 12 volunteers from the Jones County Fire Department that make up the rescue dive team. 

"We need that kind of support around here, especially with all the water and rivers around," he says.

Teague hasn't been called out to a search and rescue yet, but he's still getting practice in at East Macon Park. 

That's where assistant chief, Bill Wright, started the annual training.

"So we can watch each other, make sure we got our techniques right and then we move to a lake or pond where we can't see," Wright says.

Divers learn to rely on touch when they can no longer see in dark waters. This year will be Teagues' first time training in the Ocmulgee river. 

He's learning these skills in the pool to later use in the river to for look for bodies and evidence.

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