City trains public safety personnel, still no date on pool opening

City trains public safety personnel, still no date on pool opening

PAWTUCKET – City officials announced two weeks ago that public safety workers had agreed to get trained as lifeguards to address a lifeguard shortage so the Fairlawn Pool could be reopened, but they said this week that they’re not quite ready to announce an opening date.

Emily Rizzo, spokeswoman for Mayor Donald Grebien, said 17 firefighters and four police officers completed training;

“We are still working to have the final details as to the pool’s opening date in the next couple of days, but are working to open it safely,” she said.

The goal moving forward is for it to be open Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public works and parks staff are working hard to make sure the pool can accommodate its normal capacity, said Rizzo, or a 150-person maximum.