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Toppenish City Pool Short Lifeguards

TOPPENISH, Wash - During these hot days of summer people flock to swimming pools.   The Toppenish City Pool is getting the crowds, but are short lifeguards.

Staff at Franklin and Lions Pool in Yakima say a lifeguard shortage hasn't really affected them.

The Toppenish City Pool has been able to stay open this summer even though they need more guards.  The pool manager says he planned to only have his guards work 25-30 hours a week this year.  So far they are putting in up to 40 hours and working 6 to 7 days a week.  It makes it tough with the weather conditions.

"It means a lot of long days for a lot of the lifeguards out in the hot sun, it's pretty hard on us but we're doing okay," says Grady Murphy, Toppenish City Pool Manager.

Murphy also says they have had to cancel some swim lessons because they need the instructors for a lifeguard shift.

For those who are still looking for summer jobs the pool is still hiring.  You can give the pool a call at 509-865-2220 for more information on becoming a guard.