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New centre to train fire crews for flooding

A new training centre in Grimsby is being opened to train fire fighters for work in flooded areas.

Artist's impression of the training area

The Ark Project will be the first of its kind in the UK, recreating domestic flooding conditions.

The effect of severe weather and flooding has become a major feature for the Humber region over the past ten years and it is anticipated that this will worsen.

The facility will provide a single point of contact, providing co-ordinated, innovative interventions, for the preparation, planning, resourcing and training for all water related incidents.

This will include flood and fast moving water situations, such as the recent tidal surge in December 2013 and all other aspects of water rescues.

The state-of-the-art training facility will be a bespoke moving water training centre and it is intended to be housed at Peaks Lane Fire Station in Grimsby. It will consist of a water tank large enough to submerse a vehicle and other hazards.

The new facility will imitate rapids for fast moving water scenarios and enable effective and safe rescue training to be delivered to responders, on call staff and volunteers using many possible water incident interventions.

Dene Sanders, Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue, said:

"This new training centre will be used to ensure our own staff are trained to the highest standard by simulating what happens when large scale flooding occurs. It will create a realistic environment for crews to train in water rescue scenarios, whilst simultaneously reducing training costs.”