Kent is taking part in a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) pilot scheme called the Community Responder Programme. Initially focussed on Maidstone town centre, the programme looks to train businesses located near to the River Medway in basic water rescue.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service community safety officers are delivering the training on behalf of the RLNI, arming employees of water-side businesses with the skills they need to keep themselves safe around water, to prevent someone entering the water, and even help save a life, should they ever see someone in trouble in the water.
Employees are taught how to use basic water rescue equipment such as throw bags, which they are provided with for free after completing a free one-day course.
If well received by organisations in Maidstone, Kent Fire and Rescue Service has ambitions to open the initiative up to other areas of the county where water poses a risk in built up areas.
Businesses wishing to find out more should email the community safety team.