Posted on May 14, 2015
As part of Public Services study programme students were invited to attend a water rescue demonstration by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service recently in the Wet Dock in Ipswich.
The 2015 campaign will be focusing on the issue of Cold Water Shock with the slogan, ‘Tell a friend. Save a friend.’ The key objective is to raise awareness of this issue, to reduce preventable water fatalities in the young adult age group, aged 16-30 years. There were 35 water-related deaths in 2013 in the 20-24 years age group.
Ian Mallet, Prevention Manager for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said that the number of deaths caused by drowning was higher than that caused by house fires, so spreading the message of water safety is crucial.
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service demonstrated how a lifeline can be thrown from the shore, and a boat based rescue. It was a great opportunity for the students to see the techniques and equipment used by the Fire and Rescue Service in these situations.