22128 - Water Rescue

FOI Number: FOI22128

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Freedom of Information

Published on 19 January 2023

Ref: FOI/22128

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST  

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 10th November 2022

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

  1. Does the service have a water rescue policy?

Reply

Yes

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 2. Does that policy include rescue operations in River Weirs?

Reply

Yes, this is captured within our policy framework of water rescue documents. 

Request

3. How many river weirs are there in the brigade area?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information. However, you may be able to obtain t this information from the Environment Agency

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4. Does the fire service have a map of Weirs locations?

Reply

No

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5. How many Weir rescues have been attended in the last 5 years?

Reply

One in a weir incident 2021,

Please note this is not an incident that would get recorded in incident workbooks, therefore manual searches had been carried out using the word “Weir”

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6. How many fatalities have there been as a result of River Weirs?

Reply

None

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7. Have there been any fatalities of or injuries to FRS personnel during weir rescues?

Reply

None

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8. What training do FRS personnel receive for water rescue? Does that training cover weir rescue?

Reply

Variation of training from Module 1 – Module 6 which captures rescues from weirs. 

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9. Do you have specific procedures for weir rescues?

Reply

All hydrology risks/hazards are captured within Module 2 & 3 water rescue training. 

Please find below a link to National Operational Guidance

https://www.ukfrs.com/guidance/water-rescue

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10. Do you have specific equipment for weir rescues?

Reply

We have a range of equipment for water rescue-type incidents. 

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