Champaign Fire Department Partners with Champaign Park District to Provide Water Rescue Training

The Champaign Fire Department is partnering with the Champaign Park District to provide fire department personnel with water rescue training on the mornings of June 6, 7 and 8, at Sholem Aquatic Center, 2205 Sangamon Drive, Champaign.  Champaign Park District employees, along with fire department instructors, will lead skill stations designed to simulate a surface water rescue and reinforce cervical immobilization and victim removal skills.

The Champaign Fire Department reminds residents to take these safety precautions when in and around water.

  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Learn how to recognize a swimmer in trouble.
  • Provide close and constant attention to children you are supervising.
  • Children, inexperienced swimmers, and boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Media Contact:  Randy Smith, Deputy Fire Marshal | Phone:  (217) 403-7212 | Cell:  (217) 840-9434