Fairfield lifeguards earn top marks for being ‘vigilant,’ ‘rescue ready’

The Fairfield Aquatic Center on Augusta Boulevard received top marks for its lifeguards from Ellis & Associates. NICK GRAHAM/FILE

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The Fairfield Aquatic Center on Augusta Boulevard received top marks for its lifeguards from Ellis & Associates. NICK GRAHAM/FILE

The city of Fairfield’s lifeguards were deemed “vigilant, professional and rescue ready” after a random, unannounced audit from an international pool safety organization.

Ellis & Associates recently conducted the operational safety audit at the Fairfield Aquatic Center, 2605 Augusta Blvd., and said the pool's lifeguards received the ratings of "Exceeds" on individual lifeguard and simulated emergency evaluations.

“Lifeguards were found to exhibit consistent scanning patterns with downward head and eye movement,” according to the report. “Lifeguards were vigilant, professional and rescue ready.”

The report also met all operating criteria’s and incorporated the use of the automated external defibrillators and oxygen in all scenarios.

The audit should be viewed as a “risk management tool” to enhance the city’s pool operations, wrote Ellis & Associates Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Richard Carroll to the city.

“Operational safety audits are randomly conducted to assist clients in evaluating their aquatic safety and risk management operations,” Carroll wrote. “The actions, findings, recommendations and opinion rendered by our auditor representative(s) are limited to the operational conditions that exist during the audit.”

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This is the second audit of the aquatic center this season, said Fairfield spokeswoman Jenny Dexter.

“We were especially pleased to hear that the lifeguards were observed as ‘vigilant, professional and rescue-ready,’” she said.

The pool received a rating of “Meets” for its administration, indicating the pool was “in compliance and in good order,” according to the report.

“Rescue equipment was readily available and all documents were accounted for,” according to the report.

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