By Geena Martinez
MIDLAND - The summer season is officially underway and you can bet that alot of folks will be cooling off by the pool. But with the hotter weather comes a greater risk for drowning.
It can happen in seconds. A child floating lifeless in the pool. It's a call Midland firefighter Victor Macias hopes to never respond to again.
"It's stressful," Macias said. "I was a young paramedic then so you get shaken up by stuff like that."
But with summer in full swing, there's a good chance he and other Midland firefighters might have to, so the firefighters want to be ready.
On Monday, firefighters held their annual water rescue training. They practiced real life drowning scenarios and used dummies to better their skills.
Fire Captain Aaron Cox said drowning happens more often than you might think.
"There's roughly 4000-8000 deaths in the United States," Cox said. "We're making sure we're doing the right treatment, the right drug, the right time that way the outcome of the patient is gonna be more successful."
Officials said the Tall City sees about three to four near-drownings a year.
Drowning is the number one cause of death for children under five-years-old but firefighters said children aren't the only ones at risk. Adults are too.
"People are mixing alcohol with swimming and we get times where adults dive into a pool and we have to use our skills to help them," Macias said.
The Midland Fire Department wants to warn people of the dangers and for the younger ones, those aren't just in the pool.
"Never leave them unsupervised in the bathtub," Cox said. "We shouldn't leave five gallon buckets of water around the yard, especially if it rains. Anyone that's near-drowning that's inhaled a lot of water needs to go to the ER to be evaluated because drowning can happen up to six hours after the inhalation of water."
All of these are tips firefighters say can keep your summer safe.
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