Los Angeles County Fire Department Fire Station #126 officials presented the 3rd Annual Water Safety Expo in Valencia on Saturday.
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“This is the 3rd Annual Water Safety event at Fire Station 126 and we will get well over 1,000 people here today, maybe even more,” Battalion Chief Mark Savage said. “The topic is drowning prevention. What children, parents and adults can do to prevent a tragedy at their pool or bathtub.”
Many organizations from the community came to the event including: Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation, Academy Swim Club, American Heart Association/ Superior Life Support, Red Cross, Impressions In Thread: LACoFD Clothing, National Drowning Prevention Alliance, Santa Clarita Lifeguards, City of Santa Clarita Aquatics Center Lifeguards, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Castaic Lifeguards and Aqua Net Inc.
“Unfortunately every year, we have many near drownings and actual drownings in the Santa Clarita Valley. We have a lot of pools and it just takes seconds for a child to get in trouble and unfortunately drown in a pool or any kind of water,” Savage said. “It is just something we do every year and we hope that we can save a life or maybe even more. It is just a really avoidable tragedy and we will unfortunately be responding to more that one drowning before this summer is over.”
Children and their parents learned about water safety through various activities throughout the day.
Children were able to participate in a water balloon toss with firefighters, story time with firefighters, dancing with Radio Disney performers, and learned how to safely pull someone out of a pull using a broom or life ring.
“We passed out great information and encouraged people of all ages to learn CPR”, Savage said. “Even if you don’t have children, by knowing CPR you are capable of saving a life.”
Parents were able to attend lectures given by Dr. Darrin Privett, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Emergency Room Doctor, Dr. Janet Semple-Hess of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Dr. Felise May G. Barte, Cataract & Glaucoma Specialist.
Firefighters and Paramedics simulated a situation in which a child was drowning to show how quick a drowning can happen and what emergency crews do in these situations.
“All of these measures can help save lives and we hope that we don’t have to respond to drownings like we have in the past,” Savage said.
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