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Control measure
Safety officers: Water rescue and flooding

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Safety officers: Water rescue and flooding

Understand:

  • The role and considerations for personnel nominated to perform the role of upstream spotters
  • The role and considerations for personnel nominated to perform tasks as part of a downstream safety team
  • The role and considerations for personnel nominated as safety officers for management of tethers or lines
  • The importance of communicating relevant information to other water course users
  • The equipment and procedures used to ensure safe systems of work at incidents involving bodies of water

Refer to: Incident ground safety management – Incident command training specification

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Safety officers: Water rescue and flooding

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Gather relevant information to determine positioning of upstream spotters and downstream safety teams
  • Apply appropriate safety procedures for carrying out rescues at water related incidents
  • Establish specific safe systems of work for upstream spotters and downstream safety teams
  • Establish an effective communication strategy and confirm understanding with relevant personnel
  • Perform the role of upstream spotter at incidents involving bodies of water
  • Perform the role of downstream safety at incidents involving bodies of water
  • Perform the role of safety officer responsible for the management of tethers or lines

Refer to: Incident ground safety management – Incident command training specification