Contact: Matt Lindstrom, (612) 673-2148

May 24, 2012

Minneapolis firefighters conduct season-opening water rescue training, share water safety tips

WHAT:             As school gets ready to let out, and the beaches and pools begin to open, Minneapolis firefighters will conduct a season-opening water rescue training and also share tips to keep people safe while enjoying activities on the water this the summer.  During the training, Minneapolis firefighters will practice rescuing passengers (buoys) from an overturned boat on Lake Calhoun. 

WHEN:             11 a.m. Thursday May 31, 2012        

WHERE:           Lake Calhoun
Media should meet at the boat landing on the northeast side of the lake near the pavilion. Photographers will be able to take photos and video from the shore. Interviews will be available following the simulation.

MORE:             Minneapolis firefighters are typically first on the scene when there are emergencies on Minneapolis waterways, including the Minneapolis portion of the Mississippi River.To make sure they’re always prepared, they routinely train for specific water rescue situations.

                        Minneapolis firefighters performed 42 water rescues in the city in 2011. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources there were 66 total boating fatalities and non-boating drownings in Minnesota in 2011.

                 General water safety tips

                        For more information and water safety tips visit the U.S Coast Guard and Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention websites.

RSVP:               By Wednesday, May 30 to:
Matt Lindstrom
matthew.lindstrom@minneapolismn.gov
612-673-2148

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Published May 24, 2012