Allegheny County is working to handle scarcity of pool lifeguards earlier than July 4th – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Given the heat, this is a far from ideal time for all of the staff shortages at Allegheny County’s swimming pools.
On Sunday the obstacle course and the deep end at the North Park Pool and the Settlers Cabin Wave Pool were closed.
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On Monday, the wave pools at Settlers Cabin, South Park, and Boyce Park, and North Park Pool are all closed.
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County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says it’s a combination of not enough guards, some going on vacation with their families and rearranging the shifts so they can be fully open for the July 4th weekend.
“We have already seen that because of the hours we ask them to work, they shouldn’t get too thin on the 4th of July weekend,” Fitzgerald told KDKA. “We don’t want them to be tired or exhausted. It’s going to be a big weekend. “
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Fitzgerald added that they are actively recruiting and offering more lifeguard courses, and the jobs are paid between $ 14 and $ 16 an hour along with incentives.