As part of the National Fire Chief’s Council (NFCC) Be Water
Aware week, Firefighters from Carlton and Highfields Fire Station have taken
part in a water safety initiative at Colwick Park today.
At the park crews were joined by our education team, the
Gedling District Prevention Officer and the Gedling South neighbourhood policing
Crews from Highfields entered the water to do some training,
whilst crews from Carlton engaged with the members of the public to inform them
of the dangers.
District Manager, Paul Harley, said: “It is great to be able
to get out and about again in the community, and it was nice to see all of the
partner agencies working together.
“Water safety information is something we are keen to get
out to the public as water incidents are increasing. The people we engaged with
didn’t realise how dangerous the water can be.
“If you ever find yourself in trouble in water, fight the
urge to swim and stay calm. If you see someone in the water, call 999
immediately and never go into the water to save a person, or a pet.”
Inspector Chris Pearson said: "Now the evenings are lighter, and the
summer weather is just around the corner it's so important to engage with the
local community about water safety.
River Trent is extremely treacherous due to its fast-flowing water and freezing
temperatures which is why we're urging people to please stay away from open
water and keep safe.
river can often be very high and with the very dangerous conditions we do not
want anyone to get hurt.
best way to stay safe is to avoid going near open water, it’s really not worth
also urge parents to speak to their children about the risks of what can happen
by going into open water."