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Posted 5/17/2013

Release no. 13-034


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Denisha Braxton
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FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has teamed up with Bass Pro Shop to participate in their nationwide “Go Outdoors” event.  The event will be held May 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and May 19 from 12 p.m. to 4.p.m., at the Bass Pro Shop, Garland, Texas location.

Corps’ Park Rangers will give a ‘Wear It Right’ water safety seminar at 3:30 p.m. demonstrating how to properly choose a life jacket and wear the jacket while on or near the water. News media representatives are welcome to cover this presentation.

During the seminar Corps personnel will also be showing the ‘Wear It Right’ film created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which focuses on the importance of life jacket safety that could save a life or the life of someone you love.  Each year a large number of people die in water-related accidents and the majority were not wearing a life jacket.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,400 people drown on average each year in the United States.

Bass Pro was established in 1971 with a goal of providing anglers with a consistent source of specialized gear to compete in the growing sport of tournament fishing. Since 2012, the Southwestern Division has established a regional partnership with Bass Pro Shops to enhance environmental stewardship, and promote conservation and appreciation for the outdoors, along with public safety awareness and boating education. 

“As we enter the peak summer recreational season, I remind myself and our Corps personnel that one life lost as a result of an accident in and around the water is one too many, and events like this one are just one more way we can work with our partners to prevent such tragedies,” said Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula, commander, Southwestern Division.

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About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and SWF Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Worth-District-US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers/188083711219308

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