Swift Water and Flood for Rescue Services

Swift Water and Flood for Rescue Services

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Swift Water & Flood First Responder

As well as being prepared to work around the water and undertake bank based and shallow water wading rescues, one of the key roles of a First Responder is to support the teams of Swiftwater Rescue Technicians during an incident. To enable this, a responder will have skills in shallow water working, basic boat handling, basic rope work and the ability to self-rescue.

A First Responder will be expected to help and support in technical rescue, but will not be expected to perform them. This may include providing downstream safety cover or assistance with casualty handling. Flooding operations may include evacuation of people from properties using shallow water working skills. At a scene of major flooding the Technicians may be in short supply and utilised for technical rescues. Therefore it is First Responders who will be used to undertake the majority of evacuations and safety provision.

The Swift Water & Flood First Responder one and two day courses will include:

  • 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
  • Considerations for night operations
  • Mud, ice and unstable surface considerations
  • Communications
  • Basic swiftwater swimming and self rescue
  • Bank based rescue options
  • Shallow water techniques
  • Two and four point boat and rope system
  • Inflated fire hose
  • Continuous loop shallow water rope system

Who is the Course for?

Rescues requiring bank based Operations NOT expecting to do in water rescues.


Be a confident swimmer.

course content/outcome

Candidates will leave with the Rescue 3 SFFR certificate valid for 3 years.

course duration

2 Days.

what you need to bring

All Technical equipment will be supplied.