Hello from Firefighter Gary Burrow from Leigh Fire Station
Hi, I’m Gary and I’m a firefighter at Leigh Fire Station. As a fire and rescue service, it’s not just fires we attend, we also rescue people who are struggling in the water. At Leigh Fire Station, we’re specially trained to carry out swift water rescues.
We work with the coastguard and the RNLI to rescue people and animals that get into difficulty in the water and train with our partners to prepare us for any rescues.
Throughout the summer, we’ve been sharing our water safety advice to help people Be Water Aware when in and around water.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the UK. 50% of people who die never intended to go in the water and by following our safety advice, you can Be Water Aware.
Falling in the water unexpectedly can cause your body to go into shock, it’s really important that you stay calm and float on your back while you wait for the effects of cold water shock to pass. Remember Float To Live.
Is your parking putting lives at risk?
Firefighters from Witham Fire Station are appealing to residents to consider how they park after firefighters were delayed getting to a house fire by badly parked cars.
On-call firefighters from Witham were delayed by almost five minutes during the early hours of Wednesday 28th July when they were called to reports that a woman was trapped upstairs during a house fire.
Watch Manager Andy Mott from Witham Fire Station said: “During a house fire, seconds count, especially when there is somebody trapped inside the property. Any delay to an incident puts lives at risks and it’s frustrating when these delays are caused by people who park inconsiderately."