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This section of National Operational Guidance sets out the hazard knowledge and control measures that should be considered in relation to water rescue and flooding. The aim is to integrate the knowledge, understanding and actions required to support the appropriate, safe and efficient resolution of any incident involving flooding or rescues from water.

Water rescue and flooding guidance should be read in conjunction with National Operational Guidance: Performing rescues and other associated parts of the National Operational Guidance framework; this provides information on the aims and intended use of the guidance. It should also be read alongside other related National Operational Guidance where appropriate.

This guidance has not been developed in isolation; there are many existing points of reference, including scientific papers, technical reference books, reports and earlier guidance. Some of these remain valid sources of information; for example, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (Defra) Flood Rescue Concept of Operations and National Operational Guidance: Major incidents.

Guidance related to working near water or unstable surfaces is not limited to water related incidents and is included in National Operational Guidance: Operations – Bodies of water.