Firefighters from Staffordshire have been drafted in to help with the major emergency operation following severe flooding in the south of England.
"Staffordshire’s firefighters are geared up and fully prepared to provide much needed strategic and practical support to our colleagues in Buckinghamshire and Somerset which have suffered severe flooding in recent weeks."
Group Manager Ian Sloss
A seven-strong crew from Rugeley travelled to Buckinghamshire yesterday afternoon with the High Volume Pump (HVP), which is capable of moving large volumes of water.
The firefighters also took the Prime Mover, similar to a flat-bed lorry, and the Welfare Vehicle.
They are assisting with the clean-up at Marlow after the area was hit by heavy downpours, causing rivers and canals to swell.
The Enhanced Logistical Support Team, made up of seven personnel drawn from across the county, is on its way to Somerset this morning. The team will assist Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service with the co-ordination of resources across the areas affected by flooding. Most of the Somerset Levels are still under water with further heavy rain forecast for the next few days.
The crew will be stationed at Taunton Deane motorway services, southbound between junctions 25 and 26 of the M5.
Group Manager Ian Sloss said: "Staffordshire’s firefighters are geared up and fully prepared to provide much needed strategic and practical support to our colleagues in Buckinghamshire and Somerset which have suffered severe flooding in recent weeks.
"We are providing the High Volume Pump, which is an extremely useful piece of equipment in these circumstances, the Prime Mover and Welfare Vehicle as well as tactical expertise in the form of our firefighters and the Enhanced Logistical Support Team. We look forward to assisting the emergency services in this major operation and to easing the pressure on affected communities."