Some of our crews will be in Colwick Country Park this weekend offering reassurance and advice on a range of issues – ranging from water safety to fire prevention during the current heatwave.
This follows the tragic event that unfolded earlier this week (Wednesday 4th July) in which a teenage boy was pronounced dead in hospital after being recovered from the park lake.
Our thoughts are very much still with the friends and family of the boy and, as a Service, we can’t emphasise enough just how dangerous – despite the temptation in this heat – open bodies of water, like lakes, rivers and canals, can be.
Firefighters are in the park this afternoon and will continue to have a presence tomorrow and Sunday. Their message will be simple, please stay out of the water unless you are part of an organised open water swimming group. It is often much colder than it looks and nobody knows what hazards lie beneath.
With crews from other parts of Nottinghamshire also currently supporting the efforts at Winter Hill, in Lancashire, advice will also be given to members of the public about fire prevention during hot weather.
The message here is also simple – please take extra care when disposing of cigarettes, make sure your children know not to play with naked flames and, for the time being, please don’t be tempted to light bonfires or have BBQs in grassland / forest areas.
Help us, and our colleagues at Nottinghamshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service, keep you safe this summer.