Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service spent the last week out and about in Bedford, spreading safety messages as part of Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week.
Firefighters from Bedford Community Fire Station demonstrated their water rescue techniques and gave
water safety advice to local people.
“Jogging, walking the dog, coming home after having a drink and other everyday activities are made much more dangerous if near water - forty-four per cent of people who drowned in 2014 had no intention of entering the water,” said group commander Steve Humm.
“Trips, falls or taking risks near water meant that 302 people lost their lives.
“Taking some simple precautions reduces the risk of ending up in the water.
“By asking people to be ‘water aware’ fire and rescue services aim to reduce the number of fatalities due to drowning,” he added.