08 December 2015

Cumbria flooding support

A specialist boat rescue team from Northamptonshire has been supporting the flood rescue efforts in Cumbria as part of the fire and rescue service’s national resilience arrangements.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service received the request to support the major incident in the early hours of Sunday (6 December).

Water rescue boat

Water Rescue Technicians from Mereway and Wellingborough fire stations were deployed to Cumbria, taking with them a specialist water rescue boat unit and boat.

Group Commander Phil Pells said: “The boat team was initially deployed to a strategic holding area in Penrith before being tasked and mobilised to Carlisle supporting other teams with the evacuation operation. During their deployment, NFRS crews led more than 75 residents to safety.

“The team was released from the incident Monday lunchtime having spent more than 24 hours supporting the rescue operation.”

“A Silver command was established locally at headquarters to control and coordinate our response and on-going support to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, including the planning for further requests of support over the next few days.”

Major incident

National resilience arrangements provide specialist capabilities for water rescue, high volume pumps and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents. Assets are coordinated nationally as part of the response to major incidents or when specialist resources are required.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is able to offer high volume pumps, boat rescue teams and an incident response unit (CBRN) as part of these arrangements.