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Fire Chief to be rescued from the Tyne
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 22nd June 2017 at 11:15

Chris Lowther, Chief Fire Officer from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), will be rescued from the River Tyne in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of open water. On Sunday 25th June, TWFRS together with Northumbria Police, RNLI and NE1 are hosting a water safety event aimed at highlighting the dangers of open water and the effects of cold water shock. The event will take place between 11am and 3pm on the River Tyne and Newcastle Quayside. Water Rescue Crews from Newcastle East Fire Station will be on hand to provide advice, guidance and education near to the Millenium Bridge on the quayside. TWFRS and the RNLI will perform a number of live demonstrations, including the safe rescue of live casualties from the river, one of which will be the Chief. Fire service and RNLI vehicles and stalls will be set up on the quayside, showcasing the water rescue equipment, providing water safety advice and distributing water safety education leaflets. TWFRS volunteer and guest speaker Beckie Ramsay will also be in attendance and 'Doing it for Dylan', talking to the public and crews about the dangers of Cold Water Shock and drowning prevention. The event marks the end of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Drowning Prevention Week and their latest figures from 2015 show that 321 people died from drowning, almost half of which were engaging in everyday activities and had no intention of going into the water. Chris Lowther, said “With the summer holidays fast approaching, I saw this event as an ideal opportunity to highlight the dangers of entering open water, specifically the life threatening effects of cold water shock. “And while we do not want to spoil people's fun, we want to raise awareness of the dangers to prevent as many tragedies as we can.” Fire Authority Chair, Cllr Thomas Wright, added: “This time of year usually signals an increase in calls to all the emergency services from members of the public who are in difficulty in the water and require rescue. “We hope this event will heighten the public's knowledge of the dangers of “cooling off” in rivers, lakes and open water during hot spells. If we can prevent one unnecessary accidental drowning, then our combined efforts will have been worthwhile.”
 Originally posted at http://www.twfire.gov.uk/news/news/?entryid67=87901...

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