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Family gets program's 300th pool fence

May 3, 2008

The Adopt-a-Pool-Fence Program celebrated its 300th pool fence installation in the backyard of a north Phoenix family.

The Hagens, a young working-class couple with a 22-month-old son, hosted Phoenix City Council members, fire department officials and FireStar Fund partners at their home Thursday. The FireStar Fund, which is managed by the Valley of the Sun United Way, helps finance public-safety programs and drowning prevention efforts such as the Adopt-a-Pool-Fence Program.

The flat-black 84-foot fence, worth about $2,250, will provide peace of mind, Andrew Hagen

He said he heard about the program on the radio after considering buying the materials and building a pool barrier himself.

"I sleep so much better at night," he said. "They've done this 300 times. Think about how many lives they've saved."

Rich Bauer, director of community programs for the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, said 50 more fences are scheduled for repairs or installation in Phoenix, Glendale and Mesa. Ironman Pool Fence is installing three to four fences a week for the program.

Phoenix Fire Department Chief Bob Khan said the program started in 2003 after a double drowning in a pool without a barrier.

"It's not about parenting, it's about resources and the innocent victims," Khan said. "The victims are children."

Applications are still being accepted.

Details: saverkids.org or 602-631-4843.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Sadie Jo Smokey
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