Video and story by James B. Nelson
Elmhurst East End Pool lifeguards conducted a mock emergency training exercise on Saturday.
The annual training was conducted with the cooperation of the Elmhurst Fire Department. Mock emergency training exercises are also held at the Norman P. Smalley Pool annually near the start of pool season.
The lifeguards practiced water rescues that included removing an unconscious patient from the water, crowd control, communication, CPR, and the use of the automated external defibrillator.
The staff also rehearsed contacting the Elmhurst Fire Department and coordinating rescue efforts.
“While we hope we never have to call EMS, or care for someone in a catastrophic emergency, our goal with our lifeguard staff is to prepare them for the worst case scenario,” said Sarah Lagesse, Elmhurst Park District Aquatics Program Manager.
EFD firefighter and training officer Mike Heusing says the fire department participation in the mock emergency training shows the lifeguards what to expect in the event the fire department responds to a real emergency at the pool.