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Smith County Dive Team is back in action, and ready for the 4th

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SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - After years of inactivity, the Smith County dive team is back in the water, and it's prepared to serve the county in case of any emergencies this July 4th.

The emergency team overcame some participation and funding issues, and is back together, serving the county. There are 16 divers and they're all volunteers, giving up their time to make sure everyone in smith county is safe when getting into this water. 

Noonday Assistant Fire Chief Jonathan McClish isn't just protecting people on land, but now, under water too!

"We got the equipment to us back in February. We got the equipment and everything up and running, and we've been training and using it ever since," McClish says.

Out of the 16 member team, 15 are firefighters from all over the county, skilled in many different areas of rescue.

"The divers for us are advanced rescue divers," McClish says.

The team has helped with emergencies like drownings, and Friday, even helped with a local theft case.

"We were called out to assist the county on a possible evidence recovery, and we dove the majority of the day," McClish says.

Having a local dive team close to possible emergencies will save more lives.

"If there's a drowning or if a car goes off the side, it's a few hours before we can get divers down here."

McClish says with the dive team, and  several local fire department rescue boats, the people of Smith County should feel very safe this Independence Day!

A few divers are already on standby for the 4th of July, ready to go if something were to happen.  

The dive team is getting even bigger. There are people training right now to become a part of the team. To become a part of this team you must be a certified rescue diver. The team holds training courses every Sunday. 
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