The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has been recognized with an award from the Lifesaving Society for automated external defibrillator (AED) rescues.
Lifeguards performed these rescues at the Sechelt Aquatic Centre on Jan. 22, 2013 and the Pender Harbour Aquatic and Fitness Centre on Sept. 23 and Nov. 6, 2013.
The affiliate award is meant to recognize the hard work and commitment that the SCRD has put into their AED program and to acknowledge the rescuers who have used their Lifesaving Society training under the AED quality assurance program.
"It is a privilege to be included in this year's rescue awards," said Paul Fenwick, SCRD general manager of community services. "The on-going training our lifeguards receive helped them develop the teamwork and decision making skills they needed to adapt and react to these emergency situations."
The Sechelt Aquatic Centre will also be recognized for certifying the most candidates in lifesaving leadership (lifesaving instructor and lifesaving instructor recertification) in an area with a population of less than 20,000.
"Lifeguards are an essential part of protecting the public," added SCRD board chair Garry Nohr. "Because our staff continuously receives the best training possible, we can ensure the safety of our pool facility customers."
The awards will be presented at the Lifesaving Society's annual general meeting next Friday, March 28 in Vancouver.
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