Warwickshire Fire Service join water safety campaign after attending 111 incidents

Photo by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Photo by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Warwickshire Fire Service are joining a campaign to raise awareness for water safety after being called to 111 water incidents in just under a year.

The fire service has joined the call to raise awareness of the dangers of everyday activities near water after statistics show that nearly 50 per cent of people who accidently drowned in the UK never intended to enter the water.

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Water Safety and Drowning Prevention campaign - Be Water Aware, is running from April 24 to April 30 and is being supported by fire and rescue services throughout the UK.

From April 2014 to March 2017, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were called out to 111 water-related incidents. 39 of those involved rescuing a total of 59 people and 32 involved animal rescues.

The crews train for these types of incidents and all crews are now trained to a minimum competency of Swiftwater and Flood First Responder, with the boat team at Rugby being trained to a higher level.

Moreno Francioso, community fire prevention and arson manager for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Although incidents involving open water are relatively low in Warwickshire, there are still occasions where people have got into trouble unintentionally when out walking their dog, driving through flood water or just simply messing around.

“Sadly over the years this has resulted in lives being lost and this is something we need to ensure is not repeated.

“As part of Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week 2017, we are asking people to think twice before they get into deep water and not only put their lives at risk, but also the lives of the firefighters or passers-by, who go in to try and rescue them.”

During the week Warwickshire fire crews will be out and about giving advice to people on what they should look out for and how to change their behaviour to minimise the risk of them getting trapped in flood water or getting into trouble in the water.