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Objective 7 - Review and develop our response to flooding incidents.​​

Where are we now?
As a result of climate change, firefighters within Mid and West Wales are increasingly
being called upon to respond to incidents of flooding, to carryout rescues and to protect property from the damaging effects of water and contamination.

Whilst there is currently no statutory duty placed on Fire and Rescue Services to attend incidents of this nature, Welsh Government have now recognised the need to formalise the basis on which flood response is provided. They are currently considering extending the statutory functions of Fire and Rescue Authorites to specifically include flooding and water rescue.

In anticipation of this potential change, we are currently undertaking an exercise to determine the equipment and training requirements needed to fully meet the challenges presented by the steadily increasing number of incidents we are experiencing. We are also considering ways by which we can use our knowledge and experience to help communities protect themselves from the effects of water related incidents.
 
What are we planning to do and why?
We will:
  • ​Expand and maintain our flooding/water rescue assets to match the needs of the communities within mid and west Wales and support wider deployments across Wales and the UK.
  • Maintain and improve the competency levels of water rescue/flooding responders to ensure our operational firefighters and managers have the necessary skills they need to be able to effectively and safely manage incidents.
  • Provide sound and effective operational guidance for our firefighters.
  • Ensure effective command and control measures are in place.
  • Educate and advise communities, to assist them in protecting themselves from the effects of flooding and reduce the number of casualties in water related incidents.
  • Conduct assessments to identify areas of risk from flooding and offer advice to occupiers and communities.
  • Work in partnership with other organisations and volunteers to ensure a multi faceted approach towards both response and prevention of water related incidents.
How and when are we going to deliver this?
During 2017/2018, we will:
  • Identify training requirements and develop a programme of development to ensure our staff have the required level of knowledge and skills.
  • Review our Command and Control competency framework to ensure our incident managers undergo appropriate development and assessment in relation to managing water related incidents.
  • Develop preventative initiatives/educational programmes to help the people living in our communities protect themselves from the effects of water related incidents.
  • Review and develop our standard operational guidance.
How will we measure success?
We will:
  • ​Monitor and disseminate the outcomes of reviews, investigations and debriefs.
  • Collect performance management data.
  • Gather evidence of improved, operational incident outcomes and exercises, captured through the operational learning system.
  • Monitor and report our performance in line with the Welsh Government’s Programme of Sustainability (Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015).
What will this mean to you?
  • ​Our firefighters will be better equipped and prepared and consequently safer and more effective.
  • People living in our communities will be more risk aware and better able to protect themselves, their properties and their possessions.
Which Well-being goals does this objective align to?