From left, lifeguards Ali Folz, Ben Pieper (playing an injured swimmer) and Addison Cross simulate a rescue situation.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
From left, lifeguards Ali Folz, Ben Pieper (playing an injured swimmer) and Addison Cross simulate a rescue situation.

Members of the Spring Grove Ambulance Service and SWIM Center lifeguards held a joint rescue drill on Sunday, July 28.

Lifeguard Ben Pieper played the part of a swimmer with a possible spinal injury. Head lifeguard/instructor Travis Edrington coached his crew on how to use a rescue backboard, how to call for help from the ambulance service, and how to care for an injured swimmer while first responders speed to the scene.

"This is meant to simulate a spinal injury, but could also include anything else they would need to respond to," Spring Grove City Council member/observer Lorilyn Dehning explained. "We'll have someone playing the victim, and we'll have the lifeguards all at their stations. When they see our actor playing a person injured near the diving board, those closest to him will have to respond. They'll simulate the whole drill, where they would blow a whistle and get all the kids out of the water. Someone will go in and actually call the ambulance, and they in turn will respond to the page just as if it were a real call, even though they will know it's just an exercise... It will go across the scanners just as an actual emergency would."

Pieper was ready to be loaded in the ambulance in under seven minutes.