Stoughton Fire Trying Out a New Look

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Lights and water rescue suits were in use on the Yahara river in Stoughton tonight.

But thankfully, there was no one to rescue.

The stoughton fire department was getting some training in on a half dozen new water rescue suits.

Fire fighters say the suits use the most recent technology to keep themsleves dry, even when they're in water up to their necks.

A major improvement from their old suits that fire fighters say worked great in the water, but were freezing the second they stepped out.

"Inside the suits, there's about 45 punds of bouyancy. It makes swimmers out of every fire fighter that that we have," said assistant Chief Scott Wegner, Stoughton fire department. "One suit fits all, any where from 110 pounds to 330."

Wegner says the suits cost $550 a piece and are replacing some gear that is 16-years-old.

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