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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Staffordshire firefighters help with major incident

07/12/2015


A five-strong crew from Rugeley travelled to the area on Saturday evening with the High Volume Pump (HVP) which is capable of moving large amounts of water.

"Our crews are fully trained and prepared to assist colleagues in Cumbria, providing much-needed strategic and practical support in the aftermath of ‘Storm Desmond’."

Director of Response Rob Barber

Five firefighters also travelled with the Water Rescue Unit (WRU) from Newcastle and three Station Managers are in attendance.

Welfare Vehicles from both Rugeley and Newcastle are at the incident which has left northern England and parts of Scotland under water.

Crews are working with other fire and rescue service colleagues from across the country as well as the Armed Forces during the operation.

The severe flooding has left tens of thousands of homes without power and has caused disruption to travel.

Director of Response Rob Barber said: "Our crews are fully trained and prepared to assist colleagues in Cumbria, providing much-needed strategic and practical support in the aftermath of ‘Storm Desmond’.

"Staffordshire was drafted in to assist with a similar national situation in February 2014 when crews were mobilised to Buckinghamshire and the experience they gained during that incident has put us in excellent stead to offer our help once again. We are looking forward to playing a key role in dealing with the consequences of this major incident and to easing the pressure on local communities affected by the devastation that has been caused."

The HVP forms part of the government’s New Dimension programme which was brought in following the September 11 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre.

It is a national resource, based in Staffordshire, that can be sent anywhere in the country to help deal with emergencies.