Management of Water and Flood Incidents (MWFI)

The Management of Water and Flood Incidents course is designed to meet the need for incident commanders at water and flood incidents to have the underpinning knowledge and skills to successfully manage such operations.

Whilst it is not envisaged that such managers will need to have the same level of technical knowledge and skills as specialist water rescue teams, it is imperative that managers have a level of specific knowledge to be able to manage the event plus sufficient personal skills and experience to safely operate in the 'warm' zone at these incidents.


Course length:

5 days


Course content includes:

  • Water and flood dynamics and hazards
  • Principles of water safety and rescue
  • Drowning
  • Water rescue tactics – use of the TEMPO model
  • PPE for working in, on or near water
  • Pre-planning for water incidents
  • Specialist equipment considerations
  • Water rescue scene size-up and safety controls
  • Incident command at water rescues
  • Special considerations i.e. weirs, vehicles in water, powerboat operations etc
  • Medical and welfare issues including decontamination
  • Flood theory
  • Use of the SEA DEPTH model for flood management
  • Resources for flood events
  • River & Flood search considerations and management
  • UK Fire & Rescue Service water rescue training levels
  • Response Capabilities – team typing, inter-agency working
  • Survival swimming & self-rescue
  • Reach rescues
  • Throwline use
  • Shallow water crossings
  • Inflated fire hose
  • Overview of swiftwater rescue technician capability
  • In-water night operations
  • Searching water and floods



  • Must be a confident swimmer
  • Minimum age: 18


Defra level:

Module 5 - Water Incident Management - Water-related operational and tactical incident command relating to local incidents

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Qualification valid for:

3 years


Taught by:


Student manual 

The Water and Flood Incident Manager Handbook is supplied to students on the Rescue 3 MWFI course. Additional copies are also available to purchase online.