[Tagging] emergency=lifeguard

Graeme Fitzpatrick graemefitz1 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 20 02:13:47 UTC 2018

On 19 June 2018 at 23:41, Tod Fitch <tod at fitchdesign.com> wrote:

> FWIW, I volunteer on a back country ski patrol (winter rescue) and while
> we have a building we use as our base of operations the areas we patrol are
> very dependent on snow pack and where we notice people going to. Your
> concept of lifeguard=area could possibly be applied to our situation. That
> said, mapping an exact boundary of the area served would be very
> problematic: Unlike a developed ski area there are no signs indicating you
> are leaving the the official boundaries. It is, after all, undeveloped
> “back country”.
> The boundary issue may also apply to lifeguards on the beach: Both to the
> north and south of the beaches in the town I live in there is no clear
> demarcation of where the area served ends (no signs, etc.). Having a few
> years of observation and having talked to some of the year round
> lifeguards, I have a general feel for the areas but not exact enough to map.
> And it may well be seasonal: Most of the lifeguards work only in summer as
> that is when the crowds are largest and the city (local beach by me) and
> the state (beaches to the north and south of the city) save money by having
> a greatly reduced staff and thus coverage in the off season.

That's the problem I have with only trying to map an area, or undefined
place - just don't think it will work?

> Southern California. Two things probably contribute to the local practice:
> Lack of crowds during winter and winter storms typically do the most damage
> to beach side facilities. I am not even sure that other beach towns near by
> follow the same practice, only that the town I live in does.
So the photos on
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag%3Aemergency%3Dlifeguard_tower &
would be your sort of mobile towers?
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