This course is designed for individuals who may be required to undertake the role of Incident Commander at a water or flood incident or act as an water/flood advisor to operational or tactical command. The course meets the content and learning outcomes of the CFOA/Defra Module 5 - Water Incident Management.

The course is staffed by both Rescue 3 Instructors and experienced emergency service flood managers to ensure a delivery team that combines R3 Safety and Rescue’s technical background with the extensive operational flood management experience.


To train existing managers to have a technical understanding of water and flood incident management.


By the end of the course delegates will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Incident Command System when applied to water and flood incidents.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the Flood Rescue National Enhancement Project Concept of Operations.
  3. Demonstrate and understanding of Local Resilience Forum Emergency Flood Plans and local capability register.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the unique challenges of a multi-agency flood response, issues of primacy and quality assurance of teams.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of water related dynamic risk assessment and how this impacts on the incident command system, including liaison with responding crews.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the water rescue training guidance modules and the associated capabilities of the personnel.
  7. Have an understanding of the levels of water rescue PPE and their associated uses and applications.
  8. Have an understanding of specific water incident issues including; specialist operator skills, welfare, crew rotation, de-contamination, communications plans and emergency procedures.
  9. Have an awareness of search management techniques for rivers and floods.
  10. Have an awareness of rescue and evacuation techniques used by teams.
  11. Have an understanding of Flood Management commonalities such as; accessing and interpreting weather and flood warnings, flood warning schemes, multi-agency working, rainfall prediction, flood development, hazard identification and deployment of crews.
  12. Have a comprehensive awareness of water rescue policies, SOP’s etc and their limitations.
  13. Have practical experience of the inland moving water environment.
  14. Have undertaken a multi-phase table-top flood management exercise.


Able to swim


5 day - includes Defra Module 2 

4 day - excludes Defra Module 2 (delegates must already hold Mod 2 qualification)



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