FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WKRG) — With the spring break crowd gearing up to hit the Gulf Coast, emergency crews in Fort Morgan want to make sure they have the patrol power to match.
The fire department is asking for volunteers to help make that possible.
Visitors may not be aware of how far away from first responder hubs they are when they visit Fort Morgan.
“Ambulances are going to have a longer ETA to get to the scene. So you’ve got to take that into consideration. That if you want to be on a private beach in the middle of nowhere, you’re in the middle of nowhere,” said Capt. AJ Andreasen.
Since multiple drownings last year, including the one of 17-year-old Jevon Lemke from Wisconsin, Baldwin County has funded certain safety measures for Fort Morgan.
Several rip current warnings now line Fort Morgan Road. Crews say Lemke got caught in a strong rip current, and conditions were treacherous that day.
Another tool is a remote-controlled buoy.
“Our beach rescue guys can basically toss this in the water, and it remote-controlledly will run to a swimmer.”