Andrew Fitchett & Anthony Carroll
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Fire crews from Norfolk and Suffolk have been working around the clock to help communities struggling against this week’s flood waters.
Crews from Lowestoft, Carrow, Dereham and King’s Lynn have been called into action in the home counties and west country to help stranded residents and ship in supplies.
Having been working since Tuesday morning, the crew from Carrow have been relieved, with further help arriving from King’s Lynn.
Rigid boats have been put into use, delivering supplies and transporting emergency services staff and key workers when necessary.
Bob Ayers, group manager for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, who is currently working in Windsor, said work to help out hampered communities in Maidenhead, Datchet and Windsor would continue.
“We’re still doing the same work in the same areas as there are a lot of people who need support.
“There are a lot of doors to knock on and the water has only slightly subsided. We’ve now got one eye on the weather that could be coming in but you can never be sure from the forecasts quite what will happen,” he said.
Lowestoft firefighters have been hard at work in Somerset, providing assistance to people affected by a deluge of flood waters in support of the Devon and Somerset fire service. The crew is using a unimog vehicle to help and reach stricken communities.
A Suffolk fire service spokesman said: “The firefighters are working 72 hour shifts, helping to move equipment, members of the community and critical care providers through flood waters and providing general support as required. We expect our support to continue for the forseeable future.
“This is part of a nationally coordinated response to the flooding incident.
“Emergency services and other responders from across the country are providing specialist vehicles and personnel to support local communities.
We currently have firefighters deployed from Lowestoft, who have recently replaced Bury St Edmunds firefighters, utilising one of our Unimog vehicles.”
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