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Objective 8 - Our response to water related incidents and developing our role in educating and advising communities.

Where are we now?
Largely as a result of climate change, firefighters within mid and west Wales are increasingly being called upon to respond to incidents of flooding, to carry out rescues and to protect property from the damaging effects of water and contamination.

This has recently been recognised by Welsh Government through the placement of a Statutory Duty on the three Fire and Rescue Services in Wales to respond to incidents of flooding and water borne rescues.

Whilst operational procedures, equipment and training requirements are well embedded, there are compelling reasons for us to use our knowledge and experience to help communities protect themselves from the effects of water related incidents through prevention and education.
 
What are we planning to do and why?
We will: 
  • ​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?
We will:
  • Develop preventative initiatives/educational programmes to help the people living in our communities to protect themselves from the effects of water related incidents.
  • Work with other organisations and our communities to deliver educational and preventative programmes and offer advice and guidance to those at risk from water related incidents. 
How will we measure success?
We will:
  • Monitor and disseminate the outcomes of reviews, investigations and debriefs.
  • Collect and analyse performance management data to inform our future decision making. 
  • Gather evidence of improved community outcomes 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?
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?