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Wear a Purple Ribbon for Drowning Impact Awareness Month:  Tempe joins the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s purple ribbon campaign to remind the public that drowning is a top cause of injury and death for Arizona children and teens, and that child drownings are nearly 100 percent preventable.  During August, you can pick up a free purple ribbon at any Tempe fire station. Click here for stations and more information.

Drowning Prevention: Drowning can happen in an instant and it doesn’t only happen in swimming pools. It can happen in  canals, lakes, spas or bathtubs. Drowning prevention experts stress that layers of protection are key.  Those layers include vigilant parents, pool fences with gates that self-latch, alarms and not drinking  alcohol when swimming.  Too often people say "I only left for a second." Sadly, just a few seconds is all it takes for a child to drown. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of four in Arizona. Most children drown in their own pools, but children also drown in buckets, toilets, bathtubs, fish tanks, and ponds. And it only takes two inches of water for a child to drown. Near drowning is also very tragic and can cause permanent brain damage. Adults often drown in spas and pools with alcohol consumption being a factor.  Drowning and near drowning can be prevented.

Active Shootings: The Fire Medical Rescue Department has on-going training with the Police Department to provide strong, organized and coordinated responses to active shooter calls.

Read our news release:
Tempe Fire Medical Rescue trains for active shooter scenarios  

See the news coverage:
ABC 15 news story - active shooter training

CBS 5 news story - active shooter training

Fox 10 news story - active shooter training