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Praise for crews who dealt with Ryhope explosion
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 11th August 2017 at 15:36

Speaking in the wake of this morning's house explosion in Ryhope, near Sunderland, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, John Baines said the emergency services and other agencies had worked together very effectively to deal with a 'challenging' incident. "On arrival our crews were faced with a casualty trapped in an unstable and collapsed structure. Firefighters acted quickly to rescue the resident, in difficult and dangerous conditions. "Working closely with Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service and the local authority we deployed our Urban Search and Rescue teams, including Spencer, our search dog. They specialise in responding to buildings which have structurally collapsed. We also used our command unit and aerial drone to support operations. "Once again our crews and those of all the emergency services have demonstrated dedication and professionalism as they worked together in such a challenging incident. Over the coming days we will continue to work with our police colleagues to determine the cause of this explosion."
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