Firefighters from Kidderminster assist with Lancashire flood relief
Yesterday (28 December) afternoon, firefighters from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were despatched to assist with flood relief efforts in Lancashire, as part of a national deployment.
For the past 24 hours the crew, who are equipped with a High Volume Pump (HVP), have been assisting in Croston, near Leyland. A HVP can remove flood water with three times the capacity of conventional fire service pumps at a rate of 7,000 litres per minute. Using this specialist equipment, they are able to remove water and protect key areas such as substations and hospitals.
Area Commander Jon Pryce said: "Our specially trained firefighters are currently working tirelessly to support our fire service colleagues with rescue efforts in Lancashire. Current indications suggest that they will remain in the area for the next four days. Our thoughts go out to all those currently affected by the floods."
The Service has also despatched a tactical advisor to flood-hit Cumbria today (29 December), who will be on hand to offer technical support and advice.
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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
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