Tuesday, 18 February 2014

ESFRS supporting national response to widespread flooding



East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has been supporting the widespread flooding situation that continues to affect various parts of the country.

The Service deployed its High Volume pump on Thursday 13th February to assist Surrey Fire & Rescue Service with pumping in the Staines and Chertsey area. The High Volume Pump and its crew, which are normally based at Hove Community Fire station, are helping to protect two residential estates close to the River Thames.

The Swift Water Rescue Team which is based at Crowborough Community Fire Station was also deployed on Friday 14th February to Langley in Royal Berkshire. The team are primarily a wading team and have a boat which aids the rescue of vulnerable people from flooded buildings.

In addition, the Service has been deploying additional pumping appliances, along with crews and supporting officers, to Royal Berkshire.  East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service major incident team were stood up last week and continue to plan and coordinate our response to support the national effort to support the communities of Surrey and Royal Berkshire.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service continues to maintain a balanced response across the whole of East Sussex to ensure resilience and response locally is not affected.

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