||Lifeguards demonstrate their water rescue and life-saving skills during a community event.|
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Tina Royer, Recreation Coordinator
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On June 5, City of Scottsdale Aquatics will conduct four to five different critical incident scenarios at the McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic & Fitness Center (15525 N Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale), from 8:30–11:00 a.m.
These “real world” training situations will test lifeguards and management staff on water rescue skills and emergency procedures, including activation of the 911 system. Scottsdale Police and Fire Departments, along with PMT Ambulance, will respond to these drills as they would a real incident, including use of lights and sirens.
“Lifeguards need to be prepared for a wide-variety of emergency situations” said Recreation Coordinator Tina Royer. Each summer, Scottsdale employs approximately 175 highly-trained Lifeguards to staff its four aquatic centers. “This drill will not only test skills such as CPR, but also their ability to perform under pressure, and effectively deal with the stresses of a life-threatening emergency” Royer added.
The heated-pool and fitness facilities at McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic & Fitness Center will remain open to the public during the exercise. Patrons, including children and adults, will have the opportunity to participate in some of the training activities. Volunteers taking part in the drill will be required to sign a release form.
ABOUT SCOTTSDALE AQUATICS: Last year, more than 350,000 patrons visited one of Scottsdale’s four aquatic facilities that include Eldorado, Chaparral, Cactus Pool and McDowell Mountain Ranch. The City of Scottsdale offers year-round aquatic programs for children and adults, such as lap swimming, water exercise, arthritis classes, swim lessons, swim teams, and public swim. For more information, visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/sports/aquatics.