Specialist rescue team is to be set up in the borough

A DEDICATED flood rescue team is to be set up in the borough.

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Search and Rescue currently operates a lowland rescue team and now wants to expand by forming a specialist flood division.

The search and rescue team based in College Road, Doncaster, has been running since April 2010 and helps the police and fire services at major incidents across the two counties.

Working solely on a voluntary basis, all team members have full-time jobs and have to drop everything if an emergency comes in.

Brett Gutteridge owns a plumbing firm in Edenthorpe and is chairman of the group.

The 32-year-old said: “The closest flood team which is part of the fire service is in Manvers, in Rotherham so quite a way from Doncaster.

“We can be anywhere in South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire within an hour for emergencies, so a flood team will be a great asset.

“Doncaster is prone to flooding being so close to the River Don and the River Trent, and if the rain comes like it did in 2007 then we need to be prepared.”

The organisation wants to raise £10,000 to train and equip 16 people to be part of the flood team.

To raise some money members have walked 96 miles across Lincolnshire. The final amount raised has not yet been announced.

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