Does that Lifeguard Belong on the Pool Deck?

August 15, 2012

Imagine that your pool experiences the worst-case scenario... a drowning. In addition to grieving family members, distraught lifeguards, and a devastated community, you're also be flooded with attention by lawyers and media outlets. In all of this chaos, how much energy do you think you'll be able to dedicate to compiling the paperwork that may make or break the future of

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Emergency Action Plans: From Paper to Performance

August 04, 2010

This post was a feature article in our Fall 2009 newsletter. NOTE: We also have information on Developing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for emergencies other than aquatics.

Picture this - a possible spinal victim is floating lifelessly in the shallow water of the pool. Lifeguards respond immediately by activating the Emergency Action Plan (EAP). The victim is backboarded and an ambulance can be heard in the distance. As the victim is transported from the pool deck to the ambulance, EMS workers hit a snag. The backboard won’t fit through the building's entrance!  After several minutes searching for keys to a back gate, staffers were able to get the victim in to the ambulance. Luckily, this entire scenario was

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