Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the
National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC's) drowning prevention and water safety
campaign 'Be Water Aware' which runs from 23rd - 29th April.
As part of the ‘Be Water Aware’ campaign and ahead of the
summer months, MAWWFRS have been training their Community Safety teams on water
The training was conducted at the river Teifi in Llandysul
and comprised of exposing the teams to the hazards that water presents in a
Watch Manager Anthony Mathias, Instructor for Water Safety
within MAWWFRS, said “The Community Safety teams received full operational
training to experience the hazards of water. This is important as they will be
expected to educate the community on these dangers.”
Drowning in the UK is one of the leading causes of
accidental death. Each year more than 300 people drown after tripping, falling
or just by underestimating the risks associated with being near water. Many
more people are left with life changing injuries in water related incidents.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service will raise
awareness of the risks so people can enjoy the water safely and not end up as
one of these shocking statistics.
NFCC's Water Safety Lead, Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker,
said " Most people would be shocked to hear that those people drowning
just happen to be near water such as runners and walkers. They are unaware of
the risks and are totally unprepared for the scenario of ending up in the
water. By highlighting this issue and making sure simple safety messages reach
them we hope to reduce the number of these needless deaths."
• If you are going for a walk or run near water stick to
proper pathways and stay clear of the water’s edge
• Make sure conditions are safe, avoid walking or running
near water in the dark, slippery or in bad weather
• If you've had alcohol don't enter the water, avoid walking
alone and avoid routes near water
• Never enter the water to try and help a person or animal -
always call 999 and use any water rescue equipment if it is available
• If you are spending time near water - whether at home or
abroad make sure you are familiar with local safety information
The fire service has successfully reduced the number of fire
deaths by focusing on prevention work and now we must apply the same principle
to tackling drowning. Response is not enough - we must prevent drownings.