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Posted on: May 10, 2018

Loan a Life Jacket Program

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The Grapevine Fire Department implemented the Loan a Life Jacket program last summer, making life jackets available to those who visit Grapevine Lake without this life-saving tool.  With every loanable jacket in use most every day last summer, the Fire Department has made life jackets in various children's and adult sizes available at Meadowmere, Lakeview, Oak Grove, Sand Bass, and Rockledge locations this year.  Grapevine Fire Chief Darrel Brown shared “The use of these accessible life jackets and their message have had a powerful impact in the prevention of drowning and the numbers have proved this fact.  The five-year average drowning rate on Grapevine Lake has been 4.5 drownings per year.  The first year the Loan a Life Jacket program was implemented, the number of drownings dropped to two.” 

This program was implemented in efforts to educate and prevent loss of life and is in memory of James McKenzie, a Grapevine Firefighter who was enjoying a day at Grapevine Lake with his family and tragically drowned in July of 2016.  Each of the City managed boat ramps listed above has a life jacket station/tree with life jackets in various sizes for children and adults. These life jackets are to be borrowed and worn while on, in, or near Grapevine Lake - and returned before leaving the boat ramp area(s).  BORROW.SURVIVE.RETURN

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