...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING... * TEMPERATURE...HEAT INDEX READINGS ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 100 TO 107 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON. * IMPACTS...THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY COULD LEAD TO HEAT ILLNESSES SUCH AS HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT CRAMPS.
Lawrence facing lifeguard shortageWritten by Lindsey Slater
The city is currently recruiting lifeguards and are seeing fewer applications this year. Parks and Rec usually employs 170 to 180 lifeguards during the summer season. Right now, there is staff to operate just one pool safely.
"We may have to close some areas of the pool down, like slides and diving boards, through the day to maintain our level of swimmer safety," said Jimmy Gibbs, recreation program manager.
Lifeguard requirements are a current American Red Cross lifeguard training certificiation and be at least 16 years old. Once three prerequisiting endurance skills are complete, students can take lifeguard classes.
If you're interested in applying to be a lifeguard, click here.