Monday, 11 June 2012

Control room supports neighbouring fire service


East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has taken 250 flood-related calls since midnight today (11th June).

However, these calls were to deal with the overflow of operational 999 calls received by West Sussex due to the heavy rain and flooding.

Crowborough’s Swift Water Rescue Specialist team were mobilised this afternoon (11th June) to Shoreham to be on-hand to assist with flood-related incidents. The team specialises in water rescue operations and are qualified to swim or enter moving water to rescue casualties. 

Also, at just after 3pm this afternoon the High Volume Pump from Uckfield was mobilised to Littlehampton. This appliance has a double-use for both flooding and firefighting incidents. An Olympic sized swimming pool could be emptied by a pair of HVPs in three hours compared to just over nine hours with standard equipment.

Meanwhile, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service only received four weather-related emergency 999 calls overnight but has been busy today supporting West Sussex.

The United Kingdom has over the last number of years experienced a number of significant flooding events causing major damage to property and massive human displacement and in some cases loss of life. 

ESFRS having recognised the risk to its communities responded by enhancing its operational preparedness for water related incidents.

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