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Is Your Organization Ready for an
Emergency?
W
e all know the importance of having a culture of safety
and preparedness. When training for emergency response,
I'm often reminded of two quotes: " The way we act is determined
by how we think, " from an anonymous source,
and " We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of
our training, " from Archilochus, an ancient Greek author. Ultimately, the
decisions that we make as park and recreation professionals are directly
correlated to the way that your brain is taught to think (process), while your
body is trained to physically respond. When seconds matter, options must
be considered and immediate action must be taken. The more thought and
purpose put toward identifying actions that must be taken beforehand, the
less time wasted and redundancies that occur during an actual emergency.
One of my key teaching points
in training lifeguard staff is to
constantly reiterate that they are
the " first " first responders and
must train like it. This includes
always training for the worst-case
scenario. Emergency situations
require staff to be rational, calm
and apply their training urgently.
I have worked in the public safety
sector for more than 20 years
and I have an extreme passion for
aquatics, emergency preparedness
and safety. Following are some
best practices and critical questions
that
should be addressed
when implementing a comprehensive
emergency response plan and
strategies for training your park
and recreation staff.
Identify Your Risks
Emergencies can happen at any
time, anywhere. Park and recreation
facilities are no exception to
this fact. During the early days of
the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,
park and recreation professionals
had a unique opportunity to
pinpoint recreational areas and athletic
activities that were considered
" high " risk. As a result, plans had
to be created to reduce and mitigate
the risk of disease transmission.
The same evaluation methods and
levels of strategic thinking apply
when taking the time to evaluate
organizational risk in general. With
that being said, it is important to
take a detailed inventory of your
organization's level of risk and to
continuously monitor and revisit
these levels of risk. Some areas of
higher risk can include but are not
limited to the following:
Open water, swift water,
swimming pools and chemical
storage rooms:
✓Does your organization have the
appropriate rescue equipment,
facility safety measures?
✓Does your organization schedule
staff based on facility usage?
✓Are you providing appropriate
and frequent training?
✓Do you work with rescue dive
teams?
✓Are your chemicals stored properly,
labeled properly, and do you
have an updated Safety Data
Sheet for all chemicals within
your facility?
✓Are you complying with your
local health department to provide
safe swimming areas for the
public?
Ice skating rinks and ammonia
refrigeration systems:
✓What would your organization
do in the case of a suspected or
confirmed ammonia leak? Do
you have leak detection systems
in place?
✓Is your
organization
properly
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Why having a training mindset matters
By Jaimie Clout, CPRP, CPO, LGIT, FF1&2, EMT-B

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