A City of Gaffney firefighter was airlifted Thursday afternoon after he was injured during a training exercise.
The department was conducting annual water rescue training at Limestone University when the firefighter did a routine shallow water entry dive and heard something pop, chief Jamie Caggiano said.
“His did the dive perfectly, but something popped and he was in excruciating pain,” Caggiano said.
The injured firefighter was taken out of the water and EMS responded. While in the ambulance, his condition worsened and paramedics called for a helicopter to transport him to Spartanburg Regional.
Testing is still being done to determine his injuries, but Caggiano said they are not life-threatening.
The injured firefighter is alert but still in excruciating pain, according to Caggiano.