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PROCLAIM AUGUST 2019 AS DROWNING IMPACT AWARENESS MONTH
Presented by: Terry Garrison, Fire Chief
Accepted by: Kyle White, City of Glendale Parks and Recreation Aquatics Recreation Coordinator
Purpose and Recommended Action
This is a request for City Council to proclaim August 2019, as Drowning Impact Awareness Month in support of the Glendale Fire Department, the Glendale Parks and Recreation Department, and the city of Glendale water safety and swimming lesson programs. Kyle White Aquatics Recreation Coordinator will accept the proclamation on behalf of the Glendale Parks and Recreation Department.
Drowning Impact Awareness Month is part of the drowning prevention community outreach program through the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona. This is a statewide effort to promote awareness of childhood drowning. In 2018, in Maricopa and Pinal Counties, there were a total of 161 water related incidents resulting in 52 deaths of which 18 were children. In 2018, in Glendale, there was a total of three water related incidents which resulted in one child death.
Drowning Impact Awareness Month is Arizona’s largest collaborative effort to prevent drowning. Purple ribbons should be worn to remember those impacted by child drowning and as a reminder to practice water safety and learn to swim. Water safety information will be provided at water safety presentations and at both City of Glendale pools. Throughout the month of August and year- round, the Glendale Fire Department will be available to give water safety presentations, drowning prevention and water safety information.
Through this proclamation, the Mayor and Councilmembers, Glendale Fire Department, Glendale Parks and Recreation Department, Banner Cardon Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona will work together to promote water safety and prevent drownings.
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