Water safety initiative following NFCC campaign

30/04/2021

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 team.

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.”

Gedling 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.

"The 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.

"The river can often be very high and with the very dangerous conditions we do not want anyone to get hurt.

“The best way to stay safe is to avoid going near open water, it’s really not worth your life.

“I’d also urge parents to speak to their children about the risks of what can happen by going into open water."

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