CFRS Role In Water Rescues

From 11th May 2009 Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) moved from providing water safety and bankside rescue to full water rescue capabilities. This is provided by the water rescue trained and fully equipped personnel from Chester, Warrington and Knutsford.

The Water Rescue Units comprise of two 4x4 vehicles and fully equipped boats. These are located in Chester and Warrington, close to two of Cheshire's largest water systems. In addition to these, a Rope Rescue team, that is located in Knutsford, has received additional water rescue training which enables them to carry out water rescues and provide the Water Rescue Units with support.

Previously water rescues were only carried out from the banks of rivers, lakes or canals, but now the new Water Rescue Units enable the specially trained crews to carry out rescues on the water.

Each firefighter that joins CFRS receives water awareness and bankside rescue training. They also undertake regular refresher training on these.

When supporting incidents near, on or in water CFRS has the following appliances:

1 Fire appliance

3 Swift water trained fire appliance

1 Boat with support fire appliance

1 Aerial ladder (to launch the boat)

1 Rope rescue team

Last updated: Monday 20 September 2021