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Here’s The Scoop……SEA DOO Training For LBTS-VFD Beach Patrol Ocean Safety…Is “Kid’s Play”…

JUST “PLAYING” AT BEACH WATER SAFETY…..

Below is a response from the VFD today concerning who is “training” the LBTS- VFD Beach Patrol “Future Operators”..(.as stated by Chief Perkins in the BTSTimes 4/18/09)….

The VFD E-Mail….

‘As for the sea rescue training, all training is in house and is being overseen by Chief Perkins, Battalion Chief Louvaris and Captain McGirr.   Chief Perkins has over 20years experience with beach rescue & jet ski operation, Battalion Chief Louvaris has over 35 years mechanical experience and Captain McGirr has 7 years of experience with jet ski operation’

BC- Feel a pit in your stomach?…This writer/ resident certainly does!…

No disrespect to these gentleman……BUT…Exactly how do they suffice for the USLA training required for “surf lifeguard” rescue at our beach on Personal Watercraft?…

Does Chief Perkins have the USLA training credentials to train and certify theses VFD-“operators”?…

Battalion Chief  Louvaris having “mechanical experience” does not seem to apply in any capacity to “train” for a search for  “lost swimmers” or “drowning victims”…

Captain McGirr we hear does not have 7 full years of experience…and again is he qualified to be a certified instructor to these “future operators”?…

Residents and Tourists are not assured of a fully qualified/certified beach response team to respond to any serious water safety situation in our town…

Somebody needs to stop this…”playing around” with the public’s safety…

more to come…

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