CdAFD: No major issues since removing lifeguards at City Beach

5-2-17: KREM 2's Taylor Vidyo checks in on how things have gone since the City of Coeur d'Alene said they will not hire lifeguards at City Beach again.

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – In 2016 city officials in Coeur d’Alene announced there would be no more lifeguards at the City Beach.

The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department said Tuesday there were no major problems last summer without any lifeguards and called it a good thing.

"Didn't notice a difference," Craig Etherton with the CDAFD, "which is surprising because it's busy."

Crews were initially curious about how that might affect their calls for service. Since there are not any lifeguards, they want to make sure their guys are ready to go in the event that they might have to help someone who is drowning.

A City spokesman said from the city's perspective, they also did not encounter any major issues. They once again pointed out that trying to hire for these jobs was increasingly difficult.

So why did they get rid of the lifeguards?

The City’s deputy administrator said in 2016 that over the last few years it had become increasingly hard for the city to find enough lifeguards willing to work the beach.

Former lifeguards simply were not coming back to work for the city. Lifeguards would previously only work the beach part time. At peak times, as many as six to seven lifeguard would be working what is arguably the most popular beach in the Inland Northwest.

There are also several other city beaches, and Tubbs Hill that do not have lifeguards to begin with.

So, at the end of the day, they remind you to be aware, keep an eye out for each other, and continue to swim at your own risk.

© 2017 KREM-TV


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