As the summer beach season comes to a close, SJCFR would like to provide you with a brief year in review concerning emergency response on St. Johns County Beaches. The following is a brief compilation of the calls and types of calls generated from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. During this time period, SJCFR provides seasonal lifeguard towers in addition to a career response from SJCFR to all reported emergencies on the beaches.
Total Calls for Service – 7,201 which is an average of 71 events per day
Call Type Breakdown – 5/25/13 – 9/2/13
· Marine Rescue Drowning – 0
· Marine Rescue Citizen Assist – 6,719
· Marine Rescue Swimmer in Distress – 180
· Marine Rescue Medical – 156
· Marine Rescue Missing Person – 49
· Marine Rescue Traumatic Injury – 44
· Marine Rescue Assist Vessel – 47
· Marine Rescue Vessel Fire – 4
Credit is due to our staff of 50+ professional lifeguards who staffed an average of 18 lifeguard towers along 42 miles of coastline inSt. Johns County from March – September. These seasonal personnel supplemented by career firefighters are responsible for keeping our beaches safe during the summer beach season.
Although lifeguard towers will no longer be staffed as of 9/3/13, mobile truck patrols through the various beach zones will continue until mid September 2013.
Beach patrons are reminded to utilize the 911 system for any emergency occurring on SJC beaches. These emergencies will continue to receive a Fire Rescue response throughout the year.
For more information please contact Jeremy Robshaw SJCFR Public Information Officer at (904) 209-1750