National Beach Safety Week and Rip Current Awareness Week Set June 5-11

By  //  May 27, 2016

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Brevard County Commission proclaimation

Ocean Rescue Chief Eisen Witcher, center and Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer accept a resolution from District 2 Brevard County Commissioner Jim Barfield proclaiming June 5-11 as National Beach Safety Week and Rip Current Awareness Week.

Ocean Rescue Chief Eisen Witcher, center, and Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer, right, accept a resolution from District 2 Brevard County Commissioner Jim Barfield proclaiming June 5-11 as National Beach Safety Week and Rip Current Awareness Week. (BCFR image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Ocean Rescue Chief Eisen Witcher and Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer accepted a resolution from District 2 Brevard County Commissioner Jim Barfield proclaiming June 5-11 as National Beach Safety Week and Rip Current Awareness Week.

The Brevard County Ocean Rescue Division provides for the safe swimming and beach protection to all Brevard County residents, visitors and tourists in designated areas of unincorporated Brevard County.

Currently there are five full time protected areas and 19 seasonal protected areas at various beach front parks. All Ocean Lifeguards are United States Lifesaving Association certified with a minimum of First Responder training.

The scope of responsibility for the lifeguards include accident and drowning prevention, public education, citizen assist, search and recovery of lost children, basic life support, and swimmer rescues.

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The lifeguard program has approximately 100 seasonal lifeguards, 14 full- time lifeguards and 3 full-time supervisors. Brevard County operates a year round lifeguard tower coverage at five ocean beach locations, and 20 seasonal lifeguard tower locations in Brevard County.

The service falls under the direction of Ocean Rescue Chief Eisen Witcher. The Lifeguard towers are located in cities of Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Melbourne, Satellite Beach and Cape Canaveral.

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