Defra modules of Rescue 3 training courses

Defra Module

Defra title and description

Rescue 3 Europe course

Module 1 Water Awareness

General water safety awareness training and basic land-based rescue techniques

Water and Flood Awareness (AW)
Module 2 Water First Responder

To work safely near and in water, using land-based and wading techniques

Swiftwater and Flood First Responder (SFR)
Module 3 Water Rescue Technician

Specialist rescue operation

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT)
Module 4 Water Rescue Power Boat Operator

Rescue boat operation

Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Boat Operator (SFRBO)
Team Commander Team Commander

Module 2, Module 3 and Module 4 responders who as part of a team type, command the team in the operational area.


Water and Flood Team Leader (WFTL)
Module 5 Water Incident Management

Water-related operational and tactical incident command relating to local incidents

Management of Water and Flood Incidents (MWFI)
Module 6 Subject Matter Advisor
Tactical, strategic and logistical advice at major or widespread flooding incidents, requiring National assets.
Water and flood non-rescue
support operations training module
Water and flood non-rescue support operations training module

Workers and volunteers who are not from rescue organisations who work in support of flood response

Flood Operations (FO)


See also Alternatives to ‘Defra courses’ for industrial working in and near water


Published: 01st Dec 2019