Officials Undergo Water Safety Training in Midland

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Pools and summer go together like fireworks and barbecues and that's why first responders were training up on water rescues.

Washington Park Pool was the site of Midland and Odessa's annual training on water rescues on Friday.

The training focuses on drowning prevention and swift water rescue.

Midland Fire Department Captain Aaron Cox says training like this is vital for lifeguards, EMT's and firefighters because seconds count in water rescues.

Cox also says a large focus of the training is put on drowning prevention this year.

"Drowning is a hundred percent preventable, so there is no reason we should have people drown.  Especially children under the age of 5.  Roughly 4,000 to 8,000 people drown a year," Cox said.

Cox says making your pool, tubs and even buckets safe for kids can prevent most drowning's.

Officials say it can take as little as two tablespoons of water to drown.