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Danish fireman learns about flood measures

Ole Hermansen (second from left) with the chief fire officer Alex Bennett, assistant chief fire officer Steve Richards and deputy chief fire officer Paul Hedley during the official exchange of the NFRS shield.

Ole Hermansen (second from left) with the chief fire officer Alex Bennett, assistant chief fire officer Steve Richards and deputy chief fire officer Paul Hedley during the official exchange of the NFRS shield.

A firefighter from Denmark has visited Morpeth to learn about how his counterparts tackle flooding.

Ole Hermansen, from the Frederikssund-Halsnæs Fire and Rescue Service in the north of Denmark, visited Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) to see first-hand the equipment and techniques being used here.

NFRS project manager Rob Stacey, who helped co-ordinate the visit, said: “There was some severe flooding in this region of Denmark over Christmas around the coast which Ole and his colleagues have had to deal with.

“Having experienced flooding ourselves we were happy to share our best practice, and Ole was impressed with our flooding plans and with the equipment we have for responding to these kind of conditions.

“We took him out to Morpeth to see the new flood defences and the areas which had been affected when the river burst.”

Ole added: “We experienced some serious flooding in December 2013 and we realised we need to improve the way we plan for and respond to similar flooding incidents.

“During my short visit to Northumberland, I have learnt a lot and will be taking lots of ideas home to discuss with my colleagues.

“In particular, I have been very impressed with the Flood Action Plans for Northumberland, the Flood Warning system and how the public are warned of developing flooding incidents, and the equipment and training for Swift Water Rescue.”

 

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