Friday, 6 December 2013

Cambridgeshire Collaborates During Flood Efforts

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) has been deploying its resources to areas worst hit by storms and flooding in our region.

As part of its continued effort to work in partnership with neighbouring fire and rescue services, CFRS sent fire officers, specialist water pumping appliances and firefighters trained to deal with large volumes of water into both Suffolk and Norfolk.

The Service also provided four station commanders to assist Suffolk in its command and control operations throughout Thursday (December 5) and today (Friday, December 6).

A team of nine CFRS personnel, made up of firefighters and commanders, along with the Service's High Volume Pump, Hose Laying Unit and a standard fire engine, were deployed on Thursday afternoon to Gorleston, in Norfolk, as part of the national resilience to protect key buildings and infrastructure.

On their return journey home on Friday, they have again been re-deployed to Lowestoft South Fire Station, where it is expected they will spend the next few hours in the community pumping water out of houses.

CFRS had also made preparations with neighbouring counties to release a rescue vehicle and specially trained boat crew should it be needed.

Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said: "This was a great example of how fire services work together to protect communities. We were more than happy to send appliances and equipment to our neighbouring services to support their emergency work. Both officers and crews readily volunteered to go over the border to assist where they could."