Module 2 – Flood and swift-water First Responder (Flood First Responder).

(Bank-based and shallow water rescue using reaching, throwing and wading).

The First Responder course is a water-based course with a classroom content. You will be expected to train in moving water up to UK class 2 – this will include some swimming and self rescue as well as wading and casualty rescue. Assessment is continuous over the two days together with a multiple choice assessment paper.

Minimum age: 18 years on first day of course.
You must be a confident swimmer.

Target Audience:
Personnel who are working in or around shallow slow-moving (or stationary) water.

This qualification certifies you to work around and in (wadding depth) water and to undertake bank-based and shallow-water wading rescues. As a Water First Responder you are able to support rescues in which Water Rescue Technicians have been deployed. You will have the ability to self rescue in water up to UK grade 2 and have good practical skills in shallow water working, basic boat handling (land based procedures) and basic rope work.

As First Responder you will be able to support Rescue Technician (SRT) operations including: providing downstream safety cover and support using throwing, reaching and wadding techniques. If working in a flood operation your tasks may include evacuation of people from properties using shallow water skills.

Course length: 2 days
Minimum age: 18 years on first day of course.
You must be a confident swimmer.

Course content includes:

Rescuer safety
Water and flood dynamics and hazards
Personal and team equipment
On-scene safety briefing and site control
Pre-planning and incident management
Medical and personal welfare considerations
Basic swift-water swimming and self rescue
Bank based rescue options
Shallow water techniques
Two and four point boat and rope system
Awareness of the following:
Considerations for night operations
Mud, ice and unstable surface considerations
Inflated fire hose
Continuous loop shallow water rope system

DEFRA level: 2

Module 2: Water First Responder. To work safely near and in water using land-based and wading techniques.

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