[Tagging] emergency=lifeguard

Tod Fitch Tod at FitchDesign.com
Thu Jun 21 18:08:36 UTC 2018

Graeme Fitzpatrick graemefitz1 at gmail.com  <mailto:tagging%40openstreetmap.org?Subject=Re%3A%20%5BTagging%5D%20emergency%3Dlifeguard&In-Reply-To=%3CCAP4zaXojooTFgF2XuvFtk5v%2BRWAttCj23oMOK3DCobTT%2Bfzi7w%40mail.gmail.com%3E>
Wed Jun 20 02:13:47 UTC 2018

> So the photos on
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag%3Aemergency%3Dlifeguard_tower <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag%3Aemergency%3Dlifeguard_tower> &
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag%3Aemergency%3Dlifeguard_platform <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag%3Aemergency%3Dlifeguard_platform>
> would be your sort of mobile towers?
Sorry, I must have deleted the email from this thread from my reader so am replying to the archived version. I am guessing this email will start a new thread.

I have uploaded some photos that show the types of lifeguard facilities near me.

First is the headquarters building [1]. I don’t see any particular reason to include it in any emergency tagging scheme. While it is locally called the “clock tower” and is sometimes used used as an identifiable point for meeting people, near as I can tell emergency response does not directly come from there.

Second is the year round staffed tower located just off the beach on the pier. [2] This is a permanent structure currently tagged with building=yes and emergency=lifeguard_tower.

Third is one of the stations on the city beach [3]. This one happens to remain in place all year as it is the marker for how close swimming is allowed to the pier. But you can see by the design that the whole structure can be moved and some of other stations/towers on the beach are moved to safer locations to survive winter storms. This particular station/tower is not on OSM at present largely because I was unsure about how to tag it.

Forth is one of the near by state parks beach [4]. Similar concept to the city version but different construction materials, etc. Some of these are also moved to safer locations during the winter.

Again, the towers that are moved to safer locations during winter are all replaced in the same place each summer. At least close enough to the same place that it probably doesn’t make much difference for OSM. I can see a desire to distinguish between a movable lifeguard tower and one that is very definitely not designed to move but don’t have any good ideas on how that might be tagged.


[1] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/File:San_Clemente_lifeguard_headquarters.jpg
[2] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/File:San_Clemente_Lifeguard_Tower_2.jpg
[3] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/File:San_Clemente_Lifeguard_Tower_1.jpg
[4] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/File:California_State_Parks_lifeguard_tower.jpg
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