Firefighters from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service have been assisting in rescuing people trapped by floods across Northern England over the last 3 days.

2 rescue boats which are national assets have been deployed as part of the National Resilience Strategy towards the devastating floods which have swept across large parts of Northern England.

The boats are crewed by firefighters from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service in support of National resilience.

Crews have been committed in Lancashire, Cumbria, West and North Yorkshire and now York itself.

Crews have been rescuing people trapped by the floodwaters, assessing the areas affected and deploying High Volume Pumps in flooded areas.

Barry Moore, Station Manager at Liverpool City and Wallasey Stations, and currently at the scene as part of a rescue team said:

‘Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service have had multiple water rescue teams supporting colleagues for flood response in Cumbria, Lancashire, West and North Yorkshire since Boxing Day.

Activity is currently concentrated within York with a boat team working alongside National Resilience assets in conducting rescues and house to house clearance protocols.

Crews are to remain in situ and further teams have been deployed today in anticipation of Storm Frank which is due to hit the country on Wednesday to ensure a rapid response is available if further disruption is caused. We expect to deploy a team to assist in Cumbria tomorrow.’

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