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Lynchburg Fire Department members undergo surface water rescue training

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A member of the Lynchburg Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team throws a rope during water rescue training at Ivy Creek Park on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Lynchburg, Va.

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Clad in helmets and PFDs, or personal flotation devices, 24 team members in the training already had passed a basic swimming test before setting out for two days of instruction on the lake starting Tuesday.

Allen Carwile, a captain with the Lynchburg Fire Department, was overseeing Tuesday’s training as an instructor with the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. Other instructors leading the training came from other parts of the state. Carwile said the surface water training, organized by the state about four years ago, is a useful tool for any firefighter, not just the Technical Rescue Team out on…

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