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      Albany Fire Department dives into training

      Albany Fire Department Battalion Chief Keith Ambrose and six of the 25 dive team members cooled off in the water Monday afternoon.

      More importantly, they did some training at Radium Springs Gardens, a body of water that's been closed for some time but is now being used for this training.

      "It's a privilege to get to dive and it's been 30 plus years since I used to come out here and swim when I was a kid," Ambrose said.

      Divers spent the time getting familiar with the equipment they use during recoveries and rescues.

      About a year ago, the fire department received a grant for the equipment. They immediately started certification classes.

      "Within the next year and a half, all of our members will be public safety divers which is two steps higher than where we're at now," Ambrose said. "Each certification is a building block for the next."

      The fire department in the future wants to start working with surrounding agencies and other members of the dive team will start their training shifts soon.