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Des Plaines Park District wins award for safety practices

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  • Award-winning Des Plaines Park District lifeguards practice CPR and life-saving techniques throughout the season. Aquatics was one of seven categories scoring in the 95 percentile, garnering the District Level-A Accreditation.

      Award-winning Des Plaines Park District lifeguards practice CPR and life-saving techniques throughout the season. Aquatics was one of seven categories scoring in the 95 percentile, garnering the District Level-A Accreditation.
    Courtesy of Lisa Haring

 
Submitted by Des Plaines Park District

The Des Plaines Park District received accredited status for the annual Loss Control Review by the Park District Risk Management Agency.

This accreditation signifies excellence in risk management programs and their implementation. The review covers all aspects of the district's operation, including administration, aquatics, golf, park maintenance, recreation, loss experience, and prevention.

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The Des Plaines Park District scored above 95 percent in all six categories, garnering a Level-A Accreditation. The district also received a plaque and a $1,500 cash award, which will be used to purchase additional automated external defibrillators.

The goal of the Loss Control Review is to keep employees, patrons, and property safe. The review includes a minimum of three visits to the district over the course of a year to help the district evaluate, maintain, and enhance risk-management best practices.

The review is designed to educate the district about common risks that arise and suggest ways to reduce or eliminate them.

Accreditation is the highest level of achievement earned by a PDRMA member through exceptional performance on the Loss Control Review. To achieve or maintain accreditation, the agency must have completed two formal Loss Control Reviews.

The average of the percentage scores of the two most recently completed reviews must be at least 95 percent. The district must also meet certain loss-related criteria.

"We were exceptionally pleased to receive such a high rating," said John Hecker, executive director. "We take fun seriously, and are proud of our efforts to provide the community with a well-trained staff and safe facilities.

"Achieving this 2012 Loss Control Review Accreditation is a direct reflection on the Des Plaines Park District board of commissioners and their continued support and understanding related to the importance of risk management."

For information about programs, classes, and events at the Des Plaines Park District, visit www.DPParks.org.

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