PUPILS from Burnley Road School, Todmorden, got to test out a rescue boat this week.
The dinghy made an unusual stop at Mytholmroyd Fire Station as part of Exercise Watermark – a national day of testing emergency flood procedures. The school’s emergency evacuation procedure was also tested for the first time and 205 pupils and 30 members of staff assembled at nearby Calder High School’s theatre.
The head of Burnley Road, Pam Saville, said: “It’s important to be prepared because we are in an area capable of flooding”.
She added: “It went brilliantly. I told them how proud I was of them and how impeccably behaved they were throughout.”
Representatives from the Environment Agency passed on information and sirens were tested in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.
More than 30 individuals, businesses and groups from Yorkshire and the north- east took part in the exercise.