Rivers in York were buzzing with rescue crews last night – here’s the reason why
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Rivers in York were buzzing with rescue crews last night – here’s the reason why

The ‘Water Search and Rescue’ exercise, a major collaboration between the police, fire service, and volunteer rescue teams including York Rescue Boat, recently took place. The exercise incorporated the latest technology, including a drone equipped with thermal imaging cameras to search for bodies in the water. Rescue teams were briefed on the banks of the Ouse before boats were launched into the water, while a drone flew overhead. Teams also searched the river banks to make the exercise more realistic. According to Michael Jamieson, the watch manager at York Central fire station, the exercise aimed to create a more collaborative and structured approach to working with volunteer groups. Officers from North Yorkshire Police’s operational support unit sent up a drone equipped with a thermal camera while rescue boats searched the water below. PC Scaith of the operation support unit commented that the exercise was a good learning experience. Meanwhile, Dave Horn, the senior operations manager at York Rescue Boat, stated that the exercise allowed different rescue teams to learn how to work better together and improve their processes, experiences, and knowledge. This will help make York as safe as possible for people to enjoy its rivers.