Firefighters trained in diving, specialized rescues in state fire school

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - First responders from across the state are in Lexington for a weekend of training. They are taking part in the 85th Annual Kentucky State Fire School scheduled for June 5-8 in Lexington. It's one of the oldest fire schools in the country.

The more than 1,200 firefighters and first responders expected to attend from across the Commonwealth will be able to choose from more than 40 courses that offer both hands-on and classroom training.

Part of the training took place at Shillito Park. There, firefighters were testing and improving their skills in the water. They also participated in a workshop to share ideas, methods, and techniques.

"Here in Kentucky there's many, many dive teams and they all have various skill levels, various experience levels. What we try and do here is bring all the teams together, as many as we can get, and they can take the information they learn here, take it back to their home team. Take it back to their regional teams that they have," said Lt. Mark Isaacs, with Lexington Fire.

Lexington crews participated in dives six times in 2013. They also helped in search and rescue dives in other counties if needed. Earlier this week, Lexington crews helped Scott County Fire and Rescue. They were in Elkhorn Creek Monday, searching for evidence involved in a murder investigation.

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