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Andersen's lifeguards train with Guam search, rescue group

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  • By Alysse Seligman
  • 36th Services Squadron Outdoor Recreation assistant director
Jeff's Pirates Cove beach was transformed into a Search and Rescue group training ground on Dec. 13.

Representatives from the entire island were present including the Andersen lifeguards, Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 and Jeff's Pirates Cove employees.

The exercise consisted of approximately five scenarios in which Andersen's lifeguards played an active role in four out of the five scenarios. The exercise began at 8:30 a.m. and lasted until 1 p.m.

Oscar the Dummy was used as the life-sized "victim" in all scenarios. The lifeguards acted as the first responders from the beach, alongside Guam Fire Department's jet skis and the Guam Police Department. HSC-25 played the active role in the air. All groups came together as one to accomplish saving Oscar five times.

"The opportunity to meet everyone under this kind of circumstance, rather than an actual emergency, not only promotes good relations, but enhances our effectiveness in working together as a team during an actual emergency," said Andersen's Outdoor Recreation director, Ray Stiers.

"We were proud to be included and be a part of such a large exercise," said Fred Mamiya, 36th Services Squadron Community Support flight chief. "Safety is always first and foremost, and our lifeguards are out there to save lives."

For more information about Andersen's lifeguards, call the outdoor recreation office at 366-5197 or 5204.

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