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Agenda for the first meeting of the Lifeguard Recruitment Initiative, November 13, 2019

Time: 9 AM

Location: Jeron X. Grayson Community Center

1852 Enoch Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


  • Rick Flanagan, Project Coordinator
  • Cell 412-913-4360
  • Mark Rauterkus, Project Coordinator
  • Cell 412-298-3432

Meeting Agenda:

  1. Introduction of organizations that can hire lifeguards, train and certify new lifeguards, and help identify lifeguard candidates
  2. Brief overview of the Lifeguard Initiative goals and action items
    1. Defining the need for lifeguards and timing issues related to acquiring staff
    2. Move into action as it relates to recruiting existing lifeguards and recruiting those that would be interested in becoming lifeguards
    3. Training a large numbers of individuals that want to be lifeguards
    4. Linking individuals that are lifeguard certified to organizations that need lifeguards
    5. Determine the role that each organization wants to play
  3. Defining the need for lifeguards
  4. What would a recruit campaign look like in order to recruit high school and college age youth along with older adults? What resources are needed?
  5. Assuming we get a large number of people who would like to be lifeguards, how do they get trained and certified?
  6. What system could be put in place that those individuals that acquire a lifeguard certificate understand their hiring options? How do the organizations that need lifeguards promote their lifeguarding opportunities?
  7. Clearly defined next steps

Original call to participate in the new campaign

Lifeguard RECRUITMENT Initiative — Join In!

From: Rick Flanagan, Volunteer Project Coordinator

To: Lifeguard Recruitment Stakeholders, October 31, 2019      

Mark Rauterkus and I are in the process of bringing together organizational leadership that seeks to collaborate on a campaign to identify individuals that would like to be trained and certified as lifeguards. Once certified, these individuals can choose a place of employment with various organizations that need their services. 

Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh, and many other organizations are in great need of lifeguards. One of my personal goals is to increase the number of certified lifeguards among the lower-income, black students in both high school and college. Plus, the aim is to provide job placements at pools across the city this summer.

A city-wide, and perhaps regional, leadership group will meet on matters related to lifeguarding on Nov. 13th at 9 am. Meeting location is at the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center, 1852 Enoch Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. My hope is that leadership from the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh, and a variety of other youth serving agencies will participate. The meeting is open to any organization that wants to engage in this matter.

The agenda is focused upon clearly defining the needs for individuals and our community in this employment process. We’ll brainstorm as a collaborative network to get more individuals trained and certified. We will also talk about the recruitment of candidates and job placement. By attending you can gain a better understanding of the lifeguard initiative and define a role you can play.

Please confirm your commitment to attend by emailing or by calling or texting 412-913-4360. Mark will also be taking confirmations at

Please do your best to confirm your attendance within the next few days. Hope to see you on November 13th.

Contact info:

  • Rick Flanagan, Project Coordinator

  • Cell 412-913-4360
  •  Mark Rauterkus, Project Coordinator

  • Cell 412-298-3432


Hope to see plenty of the leaders in aquatics at this first meeting, 9 am on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at the Grayson Community Center in Pittsburgh. 

White water rafting trip turns to death in western PA

Two rafts on the trip and bother flip. One guy doesn’t surface.

Good Samaritans help by the marina


MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Chautauqua County Sheriff tells 7 Eyewitness News that three children and a man were rushed to local hospitals after a boat explosion on Chautauqua Lake.

According to Sheriff James Quattrone, the boat exploded shortly after fueling up. It happened near the Chautauqua Marina in Mayville Wednesday evening.

The children were flown to Oishei Children’s hospital. The father was flown to Erie County Medical Center. The sheriff says the injuries appear serious, but non-life threatening.

The sheriff’s office reports that good Samaritans and employees from the marina helped to get the man and children to shore.

Helicopters from Starflight, Mercy Flight and STAT MedEvac responded.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

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