Dales fire station reopens after flooding

Leyburn firefighters on their first drill night since the station reopened.

Leyburn Fire Station has reopened after being flooded out in the flash floods which hit the district in July.

The retained crew held their first drill night at the station on Tuesday evening.

The station was one of a number of buildings in Leyburn town centre which suffered flooding on July 30.

The water was around 3ft deep in the station, with water destroying electrical equipment and firefighters’ kit.

The station needed a new heating system as the boiler was damaged in the flood.

Cars belonging to crew members, which had been parked outside while they dealt with flooding emergencies elsewhere, were also flooded out.

Flooding at Leyburn Fire Station on July 30.

While the station was out of commission, the crew used a temporary base at the farm of one of their members, Jonathan Sunter.

Crew manager Gareth Wade thanked Jonathan and others who helped while the station was out of commission and to get the facility back open

“We has absolutely fantastic support and were back running within 24 hours but it’s great to be home now.

“Everybody has pulled together to get the station ready. There have been a lot of people at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service behind the scenes who have done a lot of work and we are very grateful.”

The station currently has 12 retained firefighters and attends around 100 jobs a year.

It is recruiting for more members of the team.

Gareth said: “We would men and women to apply.

“The current age range of crew members is from 23 to 66 and we have a wide range of backgrounds.”

Crew members need to live or work within five minutes of the station.

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