Firefighters build, repair pool fences for free

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PHOENIX -- The United Phoenix Firefighters Association and Valley of the Sun United Way have teamed up to keep kids safe by building and repairing pool fences for free.

"This is the most aggressive things firefighters can do for child drowning prevention, is to put the pool fences in," said Capt. Rich Bauer of the Phoenix Fire Department. "Everybody needs to keep eye-on-eye contact with their children, but at the same time, there's nothing more important than layers and layers of protection between the house and the pool."

The program is subsidized by grants and fundraisers, not tax-payer dollars.

To qualify for the program, a family must demonstrate financial need and have a child 6 years old or younger living in the home.

Since the program began in 2000, some 700 pool fences have been built or repaired for free.

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