Author of Commander's Corner
Mark M. Simonian MD, FAAP
Mark Simonian, MD is a pediatrician in Clovis that has been involved with children's safety issues since he started practice in 1980. After training at Children's Hospital Orange County he was motivated by a pulmonologist at CHOC during his training. "I saw what impact a pediatrician could have on his community to improve the lives of children by reducing injury, especially drowning. When I returned to Valley Children's I was struck by how many children were admitted during the summer after drowning. Most injuries occur at home with family around. I decided to look at all the information I could find on local injuries and discovered a pattern." 10 years later with many supporters in the community local legislation increased the barriers to lower the risk of pool and spa drownings.
Dr. Simonian continues to serve on the Water Safety Council as a representative of the pediatric community and support programs to reduce drowning and other injuries.
The Kings River Conservation District has provided financial support and staffing to the Water Safety Council of Fresno County for over 20 years. The Kings River Conservation District believes in the mission of the Council to reduce water-related injuries and deaths in Fresno County through water safety education.
Douglas T. Lazo, Flotilla Commander 10-5 Fresno
I am a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla Commander, 10-5 Fresno. It is my duty to serve on the Water Safety Council of Fresno. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard.
We conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist the Coast Guard with homeland security duty, tach boating classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, and many other activities. We are dedicated and trained to help save lives through our boating safety instructions in the classroom, through Vessel Safety Checks, or in on-the-water operations. Many hours are spent in classrooms through Fresno County and in other counties teaching children water safety and boating safety classes.