As part of this year’s changes in the team leadership profile, with Alan moving into one of the two Deputy Team Leader positions, he has handed on the baton of Water Team Leader to Darren.
“Water safety and flood/water rescue have come long way since I joined the team nearly 30 years ago, with our first formal water training starting in 2005 and moving on the a program training Swiftwater Rescue technicians (SRT) when I did my first SRT course in 2007. Apart from attending high profile flooding events such as Carlisle, Appleby, Littleborough, Salford (Dec 2015) and notably the Major Incident at the Toddbrook reservoir, the water group carry out more routine water safety tasks such as searching around reservoirs/rivers and the unfortunate but necessary task of occasionally having to safely recover bodies for the police.”
“The water group now operates under DEFRA guidelines and can provide trained technicians and first responders to support the other emergency services using a common framework of training and equipment to ensure high standards of safety and interoperability.”
Water Team Leader