WEST Yorkshire Fire Service says it is now better prepared to deal with a repeat of 2007’s mass flooding.

The service has said lessons have been learned from 2007’s widespread floods, which caused huge damage to areas such as Denby Dale and Mirfield.

Now the fire service has received additional training and equipment and the control centre can handle three times as many 999 calls as before.

The flooding sparked two major reviews, one suggesting a Government-funded national response service with fire brigades playing a leading role.

Deputy chief fire officer Steve Beckley said: “There are dozens of recommendations to work through and the Government has established an extensive review programme to look into national, regional and local responses to flooding, but we’re keen to get ahead of the game by making progress in those areas which don’t have to wait for Government support, guidance or coordination.”