Archive for June 14th, 2007

The summer presents new challenges for parents as tempatures soar and children spend more time outside playing or seeking relief from the heat. 

When a child goes missing, authorities recommend searching the immediate area especially car trunks, appliances (freezers, refrigerators, washers, dryers etc.) along with suspected hiding places.

Police are often the first to respond but few of us think of the other responders who may be needed in the first few crtical minutes. Firefighters in Waterville Maine, after the tragic death of a 6-year-old, are warning parents about swimming pools, which can often contain stagnated and dirty water.

“A pool is a target hazard,” he said. “When you do a search you check places most dangerous — most life-threatening — so we would check the pool first. The chance of his getting hurt in the house is limited as compared to a pool or the trunk of a car.”

Policies and procedures are allegedly being reviewed as there is some debate over the timeline needed to respond. It does demonstrate how critical response times can be.

  • 911 call placed 12:20 p.m.
  • Police arrive at 12:34 p.m.
  • Police call firefighters 12:42 p.m.
  • Rescue arrived at 12:48 p.m.

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