TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As the weather warms up, first responders are urging you to be safe on the water.
Captain Doug Curry, with the Terre Haute Fire Department, said there are two common factors to most water rescue calls.
“It’s somebody that has drank too much alcohol or someone who isn’t a strong swimmer,” Curry said.
This year, the city of Terre Haute has invested $110,000 into the Department’s Water Rescue Team. The money bought a new 2 boat system, gear and training.
However, there are still issues first responders need to overcome when responding to a call, those include unsuspecting water issues and finding a good access point to reach anyone needing rescue.
“It’s going to take time for us to get into the water and it’s going to take time for us to get to you. The biggest thing is don’t get yourself in a position you can’t get yourself out of,” He added.
The rescue boat is expected to be operational by Memorial Day. When Summer ends, Curry said at least 75 firefighters will have completed all water rescue training.
Meanwhile, at Deming Pool, many job openings still need to be filled.
“We are weeks away from opening and I still have a lot of lifeguard positions to be filled before I can safely open,” Jennifer Johnson, Assistant Director of Recreation, said.
An ongoing lifeguard shortage from 2021 appears to be a continuing trend heading into this summer.
Last year, the pool closed for several days or allowed limited swimmers in due to being short-staffed.
Johnson adds filling these openings is critical to keeping a safe lifeguard to patron ratio.
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“There’s always a concern. How does that affect the community? It’s sad for the community to think we could not open because of that. We are doing everything in our power to be open for our community,” Johnson added.
Lifeguards will be paid $12.50 an hour and will need to be American Red Cross Lifeguard certified.
The Deming Pool is expected to open on May 28.