Water Rescue Training February 2019
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is a first responder for all types of inland water rescue, with our staff being specifically trained and equipped to deal with wide spread flooding and rescues of persons from fast flowing water.
On Wednesday 20th February, our new recruits were put through their paces, enduring a cold and wet afternoon to do some essential and valuable training in the River Teifi at Pontwelly in Llandysul. During the afternoon, they underwent training for defence swimming, self-rescue, bank-based rescue using throwlines and shallow water crossing techniques. For some of the Firefighters, this was their first time undergoing this aspect of training and whilst the experience can be quite daunting, learning the fundamental skills for water rescue whilst ensuring that the safety for themselves and their colleagues is paramount.
Watch Manager Darren Wilson from the Technical Rescue Training Team said
“This training provides the opportunity for our recruits to undergo realistic training preparing for their role as operational Firefighters. My team follows the ethos that the better trained, equipped and prepared we are as a Service; the better we can perform in rescue situations.”
Watch Manager Anthony Mathias, from the Wholetime Recruits Training Delivery team abides by the moto of
“Train Hard – Rescue Easy, Team MAWWFRS.”
We will continue to raise awareness of the risks, so people can enjoy the water safely and not end up as one of these shocking statistics and offer the following safety advice.
• 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
As a fire service, we have invested heavily in training and equipment to ensure that we are at the cutting edge of technology and are able to provide assistance and support where required. We ensure that all our personnel have sufficient skills and knowledge to work safely and efficiently near water.
Response is not enough, we must prevent drownings!