Clark County Sheriff's Marine Patrol Partners With GEM to Celebrate National Safe Boating Week5/21/2002
As seen in The Reflector
In celebration of National Safe Boating Week and National Public Works week, the Clark County Sheriff's Marine Patrol unit partnered up with several public agencies to promote wearing life jackets. This year's slogan, "Boat Smart from the Start. Wear Your Life Jacket!" was painted on three local boat ramps.
Clark County Public Works furnished the stencil and painted the Ridgefield boat ramp, while Vancouver painted the Marine Park ramp and City of the Camas painted the ramp at the Port of Camas/Washougal. By having each public agency paint the ramps in their geographic areas, tax payer savings were maximized.
Todd Baker, Marine Patrol Deputy, says, "the importance of wearing an approved life jacket when on the water cannot be understated, they save lives. Using the attention of nationally recognized events help draw attention to the effort. The concept of inter-agency cooperation saves money in these types of projects and partnerships."
GEM, also known as the SW Washington Inter-agency Cooperative, started in 1993 to save tax payer money, and continues to promote efficiency in government. This current project is just one of many currently underway.