Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service assists with flood relief in North Yorkshire

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Firefighters from the region have been dispatched to assist families affected by the floods.

The Tyne and Wear Fire Service's High Volume Pump (HVP) and support equipment together with eight firefighters will support the flood relief efforts in North Yorkshire.

Local firefighters have been dispatched to North Yorkshire.

Local firefighters have been dispatched to North Yorkshire.

Crews were mobilised in the early hours of today at 6.30am. The chosen firefighters, trained in working in and around water, were joined by an officer, an inflatable rescue boat and six further firefighters from the Swiftwater Rescue Team.

They have been deployed to a multi-agency holding area at Strensall Army Barracks, North Yorkshire.

The HVP has the capacity to pump 7,000 litres of water per minute over a distance of 3km, and is designed to be used at floods, large-scale fires or firs at high-risk premises.

It is expected that this initial deployment operation will be extended to three days - but additional crews from Tyne and Wear will be on standby for deployment as more rain is expected through the week.

If required, the fire service has confirmed that it will implement a staffing cycle, enabling deployed crews to be regularly replaced whilst still providing the necessary water rescue and firefighting capabilities within Tyne and Wear.

Chris Lowther, Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Community Safety at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has an important role in National Resilience in England and Wales.

"Our crews have a great deal of experience in dealing with these types of incidents and will be working hard to alleviate the terrible conditions people in North Yorkshire are facing.

"Fortunately we have not had to respond to any similar flooding incidents here but I would like to reassure residents that we still have resources in Tyne and Wear to assist should they be required locally at any stage."

The specially-trained Swiftwater Rescue Team was established in 2007, and has previously assisted in incidents in Cumbria, Great Yarmouth, Morpeth and the south of England.