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Joint arrangement with Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team

24th September 2015

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team have agreed a joint working arrangement that will see crews from both organisations working alongside each other at large scale flooding and water rescue incidents.

Operational crews have been training together for the past 18 months to provide a collaborative response to incidents that occur across the county.

Group Manager David Pitt from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said:  “I have been liaising with the team based at Catterick Garrison for the past 18 months to secure the working arrangement.

Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team are a group of professional volunteers that North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service are proud to be associated with and I look forward to maintaining the working arrangement over the coming years.”

Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team has been providing its well-regarded search and rescue services for almost fifty years. Run entirely by volunteers, this is a completely new initiative that reflects very well on the skills, experience and commitment of its members.

Team Water and Flood Rescue Lead, Richard Hey, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service to extend our operations and provide a high quality flood and water rescue service to our local communities in times of most need.”

 Photo of fire crews and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team

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