Rotherham vehicles issued with lifesaving ropes

Date published: 28 July 2022 10:15
Dated: 28 July 2022 11:15:43

All operational vehicles across Rotherham will now carry life-saving equipment for officers to have the ability to assist with water rescue.

Following an idea raised through the South Yorkshire Police ‘Innovation Station’- An internal platform that allows officers from across the force to submit their ideas that they believe can enhance our response to policing our communities.

A panel of representatives from across the teams assess the ideas submitted and grant those they believe will have an impact on delivering our force priorities.

Inspector Alan McFarlane from Rotherham Main Street shared his idea for all operational vehicles, this includes police cars and vans, to be issued with throw ropes.

Should officers arrive on scene first at an open water emergency; the throw ropes will give them the ability to start trying to save the person from drowning.

Insp McFarlane explains more, he said: “The first and most important responsibility of a police constable is to protect life.

“Entering open water is dangerous. Lives are lost across the country every year due to drowning in open water. Sadly, two young lives were lost last year in Rotherham alone.

“The issue of rescue throwlines to police vehicles, combined with training provided by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, gives police officers and PCSOs an important advantage if called upon to intervene in such an emergency.”

As we enter the summer holidays and continue to see warmer weather, we are urging you to speak to your children and teenagers about water safety and the risks with swimming in open waters.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have advice for parents and guardians that you can use to aid your conversations-

And remember it’s not just the younger members of our communities at risk, always be aware and if you get into difficulty you should ‘float to live’

  • Fight the instinct to thrash around and instead lean back, extend your arms and legs
  • Gently move around, if you need to, to try and stay afloat
  • Stay afloat until you feel calmer and can control your breathing
  • Only then, shout for help or try and swim to safety
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