Submersion Incident Report Form (SIRF) Project
Drowning is the number one reason why children 1 to 4 years die in Riverside County. Alarmingly, drowning rates have steadily increased. IPS is combating this problem through a variety of avenues by implementing educational services, data collection and collaborating with community partners to affect legislative changes to improve pool safety codes at both a local and state level.
Riverside County Injury Prevention Services identified the need for more extensive and meaningful data to better understand how and why drowning tragedies occur. Through First 5 Riverside funding, the Riverside County Children’s Injury Prevention Network and Drowning Prevention Task Force developed and implemented the SIRF Project county-wide in June 2004.
The SIRF Project is a data collection project that utilizes first response agencies (law enforcement, fire departments, paramedics, EMTs) to report key information from all fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents that occur in Riverside County. Data is collected on both adult and child victims.
The project provides public health and injury prevention specialists with key information on how to develop more effective drowning prevention and water safety education programs to prevent these tragedies from occurring.
If you would like more information on this project, please contact IPS
Download the SUBMERSION INCIDENT REPORT FORM