New England had wonderful weather for Labor Day Weekend! I spent the weekend in Camden, ME enjoying the annual Windjammer Festival. Fun events included a Build-a Boat construction with a boat race, a crate race crossing 27 crates without falling in the water and a water rescue demonstration by the Camden Fire Department. Of course I had to introduce myself to the fire department rescue team and Fire Chief Chris Farley. Chief Farley gave me a fire department vest to wear while I took a few pictures of the demonstration to share on our Safety Source blog. During each demonstration, Chief Farley described the rescue method being used. I learned the importance of communicating with the victim during the water rescue. One demonstration focused on a victim thrashing his arms in the water. The fire fighter approached the victim, told him he was there to save him, and then the fire fighter pushed the victim under water to gain control. Once the victim was submerged, he stopped flailing his arms so the rescuer could do his job.
Thanks to the Camden Fire Department for educating residents and vacationers on this lifesaving service performed by fire departments everywhere.