Feb 052011

Firefighters and volunteers will walk southeast Glendale neighborhoods Saturday, hoping to find families who might benefit from a free pool fence.

Firefighters say a fence can be the difference between life and death for a child who wanders near a pool.

The walk is expected to be the first of a handful of water safety and Adopt-a-Pool-Fence events in the West Valley this season.

Additional Phoenix area pool-fence walks are likely to be scheduled in coming weeks, said Carmen Ronan of the Valley of the Sun United Way, which co-sponsors the walks.

Last year, grant funding helped the Adopt-a-Pool Fence team install more than 120 pool fences at Valley homes, Ronan said.

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Glendale firefighters and volunteers will walk neighborhoods between 69th and 75th avenues from Ocotillo Road to Maryland Avenue.

The volunteers will seek families with financial need and children ages 6 or younger living with them. Special circumstances may be considered.

Interested in being a volunteer? Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for an orientation at Glendale Fire Station 152 at 69th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Don’t live in the area? Call 602-631-4843 or visit the United Phoenix Firefighters Association’s water-safety website,, to apply for a free pool fence or get more information about the program.

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