Life-saving devices installed along Rock River

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Finding more ways to save lives, that's what the Rockford Fire Department and Rockford Park District are working together to do.

The two have partnered to install twelve life-saving devices throughout the city along the Rock River.

These devices are easy to open, have instructions inside and can be used to save someone who is drowning. Firefighters tell us that several water rescues over the last couple years, as well as more people along the river, encouraged them to take more safety measures.

"We want people to enjoy the river. It's a very nice treasure of Rockford that flows through Winnebago County. We want to have the tools there necessary, if someone does have any issues, or is unable to swim or needs some type of aid, that we have it provided," says Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten.

Firefighters will be hosting classes in the spring at businesses near these devices to show people how to use the equipment.

These devices can be found at the following locations:

1. UW Health Sports Factory, 305 S. Madison Street
2. Joe Marino Park, 102 N. Water Street
3. Waterside Plaza, 202 N. Water Street
4. Riverview Park, 324 N. Madison Street (near pedestrian bridge)
5. Riverview Park, 324 N. Madison Street (near dock)
6. YMCA, 200 Y Blvd.
7. Rock River Recreation Path near Rockmen Guardians
8. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd Street
9. Symbol, near N. 2nd Street and Auburn Street
10. Luther Village
11. Beattie Park, 401 N. Main Street
12. Burpee Museum boat docks, 737 N. Main Street