Jefferson City Firefighters Train for Pool Emergencies

4 years 4 months 1 week ago Tuesday, August 06 2013 Aug 6, 2013 Tuesday, August 06, 2013 2:07:00 PM CDT August 06, 2013 in News
By: Ellie Coatar, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Fire Department is training all its firefighters to respond to emergencies at public and private pools.

The JCFD partnered with the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department for the training at Memorial Park Family Aquatic Center Tuesday.

Lifeguards from the public pools are training every firefighter on pool safety - how to safely remove someone who is drowning, and how the lifeguards handle spinal injuries.

Laurie Herzing is the Recreation Supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Department, and she coordinated the training with the JCFD.

"We thought if we paired together, we could help each other out and share a lot of good information to make our training even better," Herzing said.

The lifeguards showed the firefighters how they prepare someone for emergency treatment after an incidence of drowning. This is the condition the firefighters would find a victim if they were dispatched to a public pool.

Lifeguards also showed the firefighters how to handle a drowning or spinal injury at a private pool without a lifeguard present.

JCFD Captain Tim Young said the training took place this late in the summer because they had to wait for swimming lessons to end. Next year, the department is planning to hold training earlier in the summer before swimming lessons start. Duncan said this will ensure the training is fresh in the firefighters minds.

This is a new program for the JCFD.

"For our Emergency Medical Services training we opted to do this particular lesson. The Parks and Recreation Department has helped us greatly with this because their people are the experts. Our people are not experts in swimming pool incidences," Young said.

Young said the firefighters are learning to adapt their equipment to the lifeguard's techniques.

The training for the firefighters will continue Thursday.

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