Increasing safety awareness at the forefront of Water Safety Exp - Tucson News Now

Increasing safety awareness at the forefront of Water Safety Expo

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

August is recognized as Drowning Impact Awareness Month (DIAM), and to show how the Southern Arizona community has been effected by drownings, the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona hosted a Water Safety Expo Saturday night at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.

Drexel Heights Fire District spokesperson and DPCAZ board member, Tracy Koslowski, said the event was held in conjunction with the Tucson Mud Drags.
“The mud dragging community reached out to us to partner on a water safety awareness campaign at one of their events," said Koslowski. "We knew immediately this would be a perfect venue for our state drowning organization, as we would reach a new audience with our safety messaging. And it has been a huge success for the past few years."

Koslowski said in June 2009, a serious mud dragging fan nearly drowned in Tucson. The young man survived the drowning incident, though he is now confined to a wheel chair.

"That doesn’t stop him from his love of watching the mud drag races, which brings a huge smile to his face," said Koslowski.

The Water Safety Expo included interactive water safety displays and drowning prevention information for parents.

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