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Pima County records first year of no child drowning fatalities since 2009

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TUCSON - After 10 years of community efforts in preventing child drownings in southern Arizona, Pima County recorded its first year of zero fatal, child drowning since the decade began.

Pima County announced Wednesday afternoon that 2019 was the first year the county had zero child-drowning fatalities reported by area fire departments since they began tracking water incidents in 2009.

Prior to 2009, southern Arizona experienced a record number of child drownings.

Also in 2009, News 4 Tucson launched its Lifesaver campaign, which provided free swim classes, CPR lessons and pool fences.

Through the combined efforts of local businesses and fire department, News 4 Tucson's Lifesaver campaign has helped significantly drop the number of child water incidents in Pima County.

The campaign utilized the local fire departments' unified message of the ABC's of Water Safety: A=Active adult supervision, B=Barriers, and C=Classes —­ swim lessons for children and CPR lessons for adults.

According to the county, the ABC's of Water Safety are used by hospitals, swim providers, pool maintenance companies, injury prevention groups like Safe Kids, Pima County fire agencies and the state drowning coalitio.

For more information about 2018's Lifesaver campaign, visit click here.

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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