22078 - Flood

I am looking at the effect fo flood water on each of the emergency services.

I understand that Suffolk Police have a policy, which I am trying to verify. that policemen must NOT enter flood water.  In fact they are deliberately not provided with waterproof footwear as a consequence.
 
What is the policy for Ambulance Service officers entering flood water in an emergency please?
 
I am very aware of the dangers of entering flood water, particularly flowing flood water and where the person is not familiar with the path.
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    I am looking at the effect fo flood water on each of the emergency services.

    I understand that Suffolk Police have a policy, which I am trying to verify. that policemen must NOT enter flood water.  In fact they are deliberately not provided with waterproof footwear as a consequence.

    What is the policy for Ambulance Service officers entering flood water in an emergency please?

    I am very aware of the dangers of entering flood water, particularly flowing flood water and where the person is not familiar with the path.

    The majority of ambulance staff are not trained to enter water and therefore are not encouraged to do so unless it is clearly safe to do so.

    The ambulance service has Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) who are all trained and equipped for flood response and swift water rescue allowing them to enter this hazardous environment where there is a need to access patients and/or deliver clinical care.  The ambulance service also has arrangements to call for the assistance of the Fire and Rescue Service, or RNLI depending on location, who also provide flood water response.

     

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