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There are many factors to consider when choosing to have one person be simultaneously responsible for your Water Safety and On-Set First Aid.
How many times have you heard “But I was only away for a few minutes!” after a water tragedy had occurred? The highest concern is that accidents around water happen so quickly, often within seconds. What happens if your set medic is called away from the water duties to attend to a minor first aid situation? Can Production assert that it had provided adequate safety measures in the event of a worst case scenario of drowning?
It is for this reason that a Union Production is not allowed to provide one person to cover both services (where both services are required).
From the American Red Cross Lifeguard Management Manual: Part of the lifeguards job description is to: “Recognize and respond quickly and effectively in emergencies.” Will your situation allow for the medic/lifeguard to “respond quickly and effectively”?
While this article is not intended to give legal advice, I do urge you to consider not only the crew safety but also the legal ramifications of having one person cover both services. In worst case scenario, would there be a question of negligence?
Reality check, it’s probably less expensive to hire two (2) providers, a medic and a lifeguard, than it is to ask your attorney for advice.
So why is a Combo Set-Medic/Lifeguard even offered if it’s such a bad idea?
While I can’t tell you what the right choice for your situation is, I can tell you where I have seen the combo providers applied.
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