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.


Contact hours

30 hours (5 days)




  • Must be a confident swimmer
  • Minimum age: 18


Course standard

Rescue 3 Europe MWFI standard (PDF)

The course standards are provided as pre- and post-course reference for people involved in the delivery of Rescue 3 courses (eg Rescue 3 training providers, instructors and students). They are not to be used for any other purpose without the express written permission of Rescue 3 Europe.

Learning outcomes and key teaching points for instructors

Rescue 3 Europe MWFI learning outcomes and key teaching points for instructors (PDF)


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.