“Going to a drowning related incident is a terrible thing for a first responder to attend to and for families, it’s their worst nightmare,” said Chief John Walka.
News 4 Tucson Lifesaver
Ten years ago, News 4 Tucson launched its Lifesaver campaign after a record number of child drownings in Southern Arizona. By providing free swim classes, CPR lessons and pool fences, and teaming up with local fire departments, E-Konomy Pool, Precious Metal, Imperial Pools and Temperature Control to educate viewers on how they can prevent children from drowning, we continue our mission to keep children safe around the water. Since the launch of our campaign, the number of child water incidents have decreased significantly in Pima County, but we have yet to make it through a summer without losing a child. Sadly, in 2018, we lost a 2-year-old boy due to a drowning. Last year, there were also nine near drownings in Pima County. That is far too many. News 4 Tucson is committed to making sure there are no child drownings this swim season. But we need your help. Every drowning is 100 percent preventable. Remember the A, B, C’s of Swim Safety: A=Active adult supervision, B=Barriers, and C=Classes — swim lessons for children and CPR lessons for adults.
The News 4 Tucson Lifesaver campaign is proud to partner once again with the YMCA to hold Swimfest events in Southern Arizona. During each Swimfest, children as young as six-months old will get an introductory swim lesson while under the skilled guidance of a lifeguard, and with the child’s parent or guardian accompanying them in the pool. Swimfest classes are offered for children up to age 12. Participants will also be given a voucher entitling them to additional YMCA swim classes. For 2019, the News 4 Tucson Lifesaver and the YMCA will provide more than 1,000 introductory swim classes during our nine Swimfests.
For our 10th anniversary, the News 4 Tucson Lifesaver will once again be teaming up with CPR2U, Northwest Fire District, Golder Ranch Fire District, Drexel Heights Fire District, Rural Metro Fire Department and Tucson Fire Department to provide free CPR training. CPR2U works with area fire departments to conduct these trainings. CPR2U’s experienced, highly-trained staff will provide students instruction on the critical skills needed to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest emergency. Trainees will receive a CPR completion certificate.
Stephanie Maynard knows first hand what it means to lose a child in a drowning incident.
TUCSON – Ten years ago in 2009, News 4 Tucson launched its Lifesaver campaign, cutting down the high number of child drownings. In 2013, News
News 4 Tucson is partnering with Protect-A-Child Pool Fence Company to help provide families an extra layer of protection around the pool.
TUCSON – For the past decade, the News 4 Tucson lifesaver has been committed to keeping children safe in and around water by stressing the
The fourth pool safety class of the season kicked off Thursday.