This weekend is the official kick off for summer, thousands will head to our beaches and lakes. Last year, over 100 people drowned in the Great Lakes including three in Grand Haven and there’s a big push to save lives. Today we have Jeff Hawke, Chief of Grand Haven Public Safety along with Jill Argetsinger, from the Rotary of Grand Haven to tell us about a special announcement coming this week.
The Grand Haven Rotary Club is helping by contributing $7,500 to the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety. This money is being used at Grand Haven State Park and Grand Haven City Beach to improve water rescue attempts and response times. When callers call 911, they will be able to accurately direct first responders to where rescuers are needed. With thousands of people on the beach and multiple calls, valuable time is wasted finding the correct location for the water rescues.
Red colored signs have been posted every 300 feet so callers can look at and tell authorities where a rescue attempt is needed, especially on a day when thousands of people are at the beach. At each of these signs there will also be a life ring affixed to the post for beachgoers to throw to a possible victim.
A new flagpole has been purchased and will be placed at the City Beach with warning flags consistent with the State Park along with a legend explaining the colors. Water rescue goggles have been purchased for every GHDPS emergency vehicle. An extra 500 feet of rigging rope for throw ropes on the pier life rings has also been purchased.
Those entering Grand Haven State Park will be able to listen to messages on their car radio with broadcasts on an AM Transmitter Procaster System, warning them of dangers and explaining the flag system.