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Volunteers form water rescue service

volunteers from the water rescue service train
Volunteers practice their skills at the National Water Sports Centre

Volunteers from the fire, police and ambulance services in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have come together to form a water rescue team.

The organisation was formed after the emergency services were inundated with calls during recent floods.

The volunteers have been training at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

The dedicated service will cover the two counties but will not be limited to those areas in times of flooding.

Following torrential rain in 2008 the Trent basin in Derbyshire was flooded and it is this type of flood scenario that the team is training for.

The water rescue service will be mobilised by either the Inland Flood Rescue Association, local police or the government.


The Trent basin in Derbyshire was flooded in 2008

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