Water Safety Week at RBFRS’ Was a Great Success

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) have a fantastic Water Safety Week as their professional training exercise was a success.

Throughout the week, RBFRS’ water rescue crews visited plenty of fire stations and other venues across the country to help raise awareness of how people can stay safe around water.

It was an unusually cold day in early June as a large passenger boat collided with a second smaller boat on the River Thames near Maple Durham Lock in Reading. This collision had formed a fire on the larger boat which was full of terrified passengers, fearing for their lives. Making matters worse, 15 people had fallen/jumped into the water and where in serious difficulty.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service are called into action that faced two main challenges; gaining access to the boat and extinguishing the fire on board, and rescuing the struggling casualties who are drifting in the water.

Luckily this dramatic scenario was just an exercise which was held as part of the event to aim to reduce the number of tragic deaths from drowning nationwide each year.

Station Commander Jess James, who organised the week with Watch Manager David Newton has said “Despite the awful weather, the week was a fantastic success and gave us the opportunity to reach huge numbers of people with our water safety message.

‘’This was the first time we have run our own Water Safety Week and we are now planning on how we can build this for next year.”

Water Rescues are always dangerous, and this event helped emphasise to the public about the risks surrounding water. Issues with water rescues can increase as they are happening and risk more lives than just the victim. At Reach and Rescue we Endeavour to supply rescue services top of the range Lifesaving equipment that will assist water rescues in all types of situations, without risking anymore people who are involved.

If you would like to try some of our Lifesaving Equipment, do not hesitate to give us a Ring at +44 (0)330 159 5088 or please Email jo@reachandrescue.com for a much more in depth guide of what Reach and Rescue is all about.


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