Mayor Sharon Wolcott and Fire Chief Tom Abbott

Mayor Wolcott proclaims Drowning Impact Awareness Season

Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott stressed the importance of drowning prevention education as she proclaimed the months of June, July and August to be Drowning Impact Awareness Season at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 21.

The number of drowning fatalities in 2016 has already doubled from the number of drowning fatalities last year, and the swimming season has just gotten underway.

“As desert dwellers, it’s important to stay vigilant around water during the summer months,” says Mayor Wolcott. “Keep a close eye on friends, visitors and loved ones when swimming, and make sure you always have a designated water watcher.”

The Mayor also stressed that residents need to remain attentive around water year-round as drowning incidents in Surprise have also occurred in bathtubs.

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department offers Community Life Safety Education throughout the year that includes Water Safety Day, free CPR training, swim lesson assessments and more. Check the calendar at surpriseaz.gov for upcoming events.