Rescuers in major flooding drill

Rescue services from across Wales and the rest of the UK will stage a major flooding exercise at Bala in Gwynedd today.

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Drills 'to test flooding response'

"Like many emergency responders, fire and rescue services are accustomed to dealing with floods which can have far reaching effects such as trapping people in their cars, threatening livestock and, at worst, threatening homes, livelihoods and even lives. The exercise in Bala is designed to put the combined skills, resources and equipment of all the emergency responders to the test and ensure that we are fully prepared for such incidents in real life.

"The exercise scenario will involve dealing with rescuing trapped casualties, carrying out fast flowing water rescues and deploying an array of flood rescue equipment and highly skilled staff in the Bala area.

"Flooding exercises such as this provide vital experience for those involved in the emergency services to test their resilience during difficult times."

– Paul Claydon, Assistant Chief Fire Officer at North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Exercise Berwyn to simulate severe floods

People on roof of flooded mobile home
Volunteer casualties prepare top be airlifted from a submerged mobile home during a similar training exercise Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A large-scale flooding rescue exercise is due to be held in Bala today. The operation is called Exercise Berwyn and will see volunteer casualties rescued from fast-flowing water and aims to simulate some of the worst flooding conditions.

Major flooding rescue exercise in Bala

RAF rescue helicopter
An RAF rescue helicopter airlifts volunteer casualties during a similar flooding exercise Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Emergency services from across Wales and the rest of the UK will descend on Bala today to stage a large-scale flooding rescue exercise.

The drills will see representatives from all three fire and rescue services in Wales, North Wales Police, the RNLI and RAF Search and Rescue stage flood rescues around the Bala area in Gwynedd.

They will be joined by teams from Natural Resources Wales, Gwynedd Council, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, the RSPCA, Severn Area Rescue Association, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Automobile Association, and North Wales Mountain Rescue Association.

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