Friday, 16 August 2013

Water safety on the agenda at riverside training session

Water safety will be the focus of a training session held for businesses based alongside the River Aire next week.

The Leeds City Council-led Riverside Safety Working Group will be a hosting a session at Granary Wharf at 10am on Tuesday 20 August for the staff of all local businesses based by the river to raise awareness of the value of water safety and what to do in case of an emergency.

The session will feature a demonstration by the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service at the riverside of how to correctly deploy ‘throw lines’ into the river to help anyone in the water.

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All media are welcome to attend the session and view the demonstration on the River Aire by the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Media are advised to meet the group at the estate management office at Granary Wharf, LS1 2SP at 10am on Tuesday 20 August.
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Chair of the Riverside Safety Working Group Councillor Richard Lewis, who is also Leeds City Council’s executive member for economy and development, said:

“Sadly, too many of us are all-too-aware of the dangers water can pose. The knowledge and advice being shared at sessions like this is invaluable, especially for those living or working near the river.

“You never know when this knowledge may be needed to save a life, so the more people who know what to do in case of an emergency the better. I’d encourage as many people as possible to attend – we are looking forward to a good turnout.”

The Leeds Riverside Safety Working Group is made up of Leeds City Council, Canal & River Trust, Aire Action Leeds, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, as well as the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University student unions.

For more information on the Riverside Safety Working Group visit www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Riverside-Safety.aspx


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For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472
Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk