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KFD honored for drowning prevention activism

Post Date:09/20/2016

In recognition of contributions to Tarrant County children’s health through its partnership with the Safe Kids Tarrant County coalition, the Keller Fire Department was recently award The Center for Children’s Health’s Blue Peak Award.

The department was recognized specifically for its ongoing dedication to water safety and drowning prevention and its activities’ impact in influencing similar efforts across the county, including the establishment of a city-led prevention planning committee to help increase exposure to drowning prevention efforts; participation in the Safe Kids Tarrant County Water Safety Walk from 2012 to 2014; and the creation of Keller’s End of School, Back To Pool water safety and mock drowning event, which premiered in 2015. The department has also been active in the Regional Child Health Summit since 2010 and has partnered with Safe Kids Tarrant County’s Drowning Prevention Action Team since 2012.

“We have enjoyed a great partnership with Cook Children’s and Safe Kids Tarrant County since 2012 and are excited that Keller ISD, its Natatorium and The Keller Pointe have also recently partnered with us,” Fire Chief David Jones said. “Drowning prevention is a community-wide initiative and these partnerships are what make large-scale efforts like these possible, so this award truly honors the efforts of our whole community in keeping residents, particularly children, safe in the water.”

The Blue Peak Award, a product of the Cook Children’s Health Care System, was developed to acknowledge “community champions” who have provided extraordinary support at the county level to advance the center’s Healthy Children 2020 objectives on multiple levels or for multiple years, and who have moved the coalition’s work to the next level.

“Your enthusiasm and passionate support for this process from its inception makes you the ideal recipient of the Blue Peak Award,” said Larry Tubb, senior vice president of the Center for Children’s Health. He also described KFD’s work as having “ultimately helped shape our current template of strategies offered on a countywide level.”

Alongside the City of Arlington, Keller was one of only two communities awarded the Blue Peak Award for 2016. For more information about water safety or to schedule an on-site pool safety inspection with a trained member of the Keller Fire Department, please call 817-743-4400. 

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