Ministry: issues affecting lifeguards being addressed

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    The National Security Ministry insists that progress is being made in addressing issues facing lifeguards.

    It says over the past several months meetings have been held between senior management at he Ministry and the Lifeguard Services Division.

    To date the Ministry says it has:

    • Begun the procurement process to repair the Lifeguard Facilities Buildings and Towers at Mayaro, Toco, Salybia and Quinam
    • Pursued collaborative discussions in relation to repairs at the Lifeguard Facilities inclusive of Towers at Vessigny, Maracas, Las Cuevas and Manzanilla
    • Procured three jet skis for use at the beaches in Mayaro, Maracas and Las Cuevas which will be handed over soon
    • Worked with the Lifeguard Services Division to launch a series of six videos on Beach and Water Safety to educate the public on how to avoid water hazards
    • Co-ordinated training for all Lifeguard Units in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R) and Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D), in light of the COVID -19 pandemic which includes modification to the Expired Air Resuscitation (E.A.R.) Assessment and the use of Bag Valve Masks (B.V.Ms).
    • Supplied Lifeguards with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including B.V.Ms, medical gowns, medical face shields, lifejackets, cloth masks, hand sanitizer, bleach, disinfectant sprays and gloves to promote COVID-safe operations.
    • Completed repairs on five vehicles, inclusive of an ambulance, with two additional vehicles still undergoing repairs
    • Proposed rostering and assignment of lifeguards to ensure adequate coverage at all key beach facilities, especially on the weekends and public holidays.
    • Enhanced the administrative support for the Lifeguard Unit and established a new regime of visits by Ministry personnel for each beach site to ensure lifeguard operations are better monitored and service levels improved.

    According to the Ministry, there are Lifeguards on duty at ten beaches: Maracas Bay, Tyrico Bay, Las Cuevas, Salybia, Toco, Mayaro, Manzanilla, Los Iros, Vessigny and Quinam.

    Persons however are still urged to exercise caution at all times, especially at beaches where there are no trained and certified Lifeguards on duty.