The Club's Emergency Procedures are set for a range of possible emergencies...

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Major Accident or Fatality

Immediate Actions

In the first instance applying appropriate first aid and calling the emergency services shall take priority. Members at the scene of the incident shall co-operate with the emergency services but shall not comment or give interviews or statements to the media.

Reporting

Any accident or fatality should be reported to the Club home contact and to BCU/ British Canoeing as soon as practicable. The BCU Director of Coaching or their nominated delegate may then make their own enquiries to the emergency services and other relevant groups to establish the known facts.  Any member who witnesses an incident is advised to make a record of their recollection of events as soon as possible after the event.

Comment to the Media

At all stages it is vital that all club members and officials (other than those authorised by the BCU/ British Canoeing) refrain from comment and from giving interviews and statements to the media and press. Only those who are fully informed and briefed should be placed in a position to give or make statements and comment. Uninformed comment can be both harmful and damaging to the image of the sport and the Club. Misguided impulse gestures, whilst they may be done for the best possible reasons, can cause distress and hurt to the injured victims and their families. All should be aware that it is very difficult when being pressured to undertake an interview, not to make a statement or comment that could be erroneous or damaging.


Pool Incidents

Any incident at the swimming pool shall be managed in accordance with the operating procedures. In addition the procedures described above shall apply to any incident that results in a major injury or fatality.


Minor Accident

In the first instance applying appropriate first aid and calling the emergency services shall take priority. Any accident should be reported to the Club home contact and BCU/ British Canoeing as soon as practicable.

Under no circumstances should club members or officials comment or give interviews and statements to the media and press.


Child Protection

The Club adheres to the BCU/ British Canoeing`s child protection policy. Any incidents or concerns related to child protection should be reported to one of the Club`s welfare officers, whose names and contact details are published on the "who's who" section of the website.  Under no circumstances should club members or officials comment or give interviews and statements to the media and press.


Comment to the Media

At all stages it is vital that all club members and officials (other than those authorised by the BCU/ British Canoeing) refrain from comment and from giving interviews and statements to the media and press. Only those who are fully informed and briefed should be placed in a position to give or make statements and comment. Uninformed comment can be both harmful and damaging to the image of the sport and the Club. Misguided impulse gestures, whilst they may be done for the best possible reasons, can cause distress and hurt to the injured victims and their families. All should be aware that it is very difficult when being pressured to undertake an interview, not to make a statement or comment that could be erroneous or damaging.