SIPTU has commended the co-operation between the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) and the Dublin Fire Brigade whose members are engaging in a joint operation in Belfast this afternoon (Friday, 3rd January) in preparation for threatened flooding. SIPTU Dublin Fire Brigade Convener, Gerry Harris, said: “Eight members of the Dublin Fire Brigade have travelled with their equipment to Belfast today to assist their colleagues in NIFRS. These fire-fighters are Swift Water Rescue Technicians who are specially trained to assist in flooding situations.  “This co-operation follows on from a joint cross-border training exercise undertaken by the fire-fighters during 2013 with the view to a pooling of resources when faced by emergency situations such as is threatened in Belfast. The crews are working to an agreed system and have an integrated command structure.”He added: "SIPTU commends the work of the emergency services throughout the country and extends its sympathies to all the members of the public who have been adversely affected by the severe weather conditions."