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05/12/2014 10:16 AM

05/12/2014 10:18 AM

BURLESON

Registration deadline for Junior Fire Academy

Students who will be entering fifth grade in the fall can now apply for a spot in the Burleson Fire Department’s Junior Fire Academy.

The academy, free but limited to 12 participants, will run from 8 a.m. to noon June 23-26.

Those selected to participate will received their own bunker gear, tour fire stations and learn about topics including disaster safety, extrication, and search and rescue.

Applications are available at Fire Station 1, 828 SW Alsbury Blvd., or online at www.burlesontx.com/juniorfireacademy.

Applications must be submitted by June 1.

Contact Firefighter Jon Wheat or secretary Kristie Menchaca at 817-426-9176 for more information.

— Deanna Boyd

FORT WORTH

Learn how to prevent drownings at class

As summer and the long-awaited swimming season quickly approaches North Texas, the Fort Worth Fire Department is offering a free water-safety class to prevent drowning deaths.

Texas leads the nation in pool drowning deaths, and Tarrant County ranks second in the state for total and per-capita pediatric drowning deaths, according to the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition.

Water Safety Day, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Forest Park Pool, will include free food, drinks and prizes, according to a city news release.

Fire Safety Clowns will teach and entertain, but the program is not a swimming event.

The Fire Department’s dive team will demonstrate how to be safe around pools, rivers and lakes and how to prevent drowning.

They will also teach hands-only CPR lessons and fire safety.

After birth defects, drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 in the United States, and it is the fifth-leading cause of death for adults, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Registration for swimming lessons with the city starts June 7 for the first set of classes.

The classes are Tuesday through Friday at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and are $30. Financial assistance is available.

Class start dates are June 17, July 8 and 22 and Aug. 5.

More information is available at fortworthtexas.gov/athletics/aquatics/swimminglessons.

— Caty Hirst

FitWorth program has new management

The city’s FitWorth Healthy City Initiative created by the Fort Worth City Council and Mayor Betsy Price will now be managed by a nonprofit agency, Foundation for Wellness, Texas.

The entity is chaired by former FitWorth program director Leslie Casey and housed in partnership with University of North Texas Health Science Center, according to a city news release.

FitWorth, which was previously under the city’s promotion and development fund, will continue to to promote physical activity and aims to improve nutrition.

“FitWorth is a crucial part of improving the health and well-being of Fort Worth children and adults,” Price said in a statement. “We want Fort Worth to be recognized around the country as an active and fit city, and the changes announced [Wednesday] will ensure FitWorth’s long-term success. I look forward to watching FitWorth grow and extend its reach into our neighborhoods and schools.”

The program, started in September 2012, has included Fit15 walks sponsored by local companies, an online journal and a 10-week challenge against Des Moines, Iowa.

Kate Blackburn, former public relations and public affairs coordinator for Catholic Charities Fort Worth, has been named program director.

— Caty Hirst

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