Island firefighters help with Winchester flood effort

By Matthew Mckew

Friday, February 14, 2014

 

Island firefighters help with Winchester flood effort

Flooding at Winchester, where Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has been involved in flood relief efforts. Picture courtesy of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

FIREFIGHTERS from the Isle of Wight have been helping with efforts to prevent flooding in Winchester.

Five firefighters and an officer — who would otherwise have been off-duty — along with a high volume pump, have been sent to the city following a government call for fire services to work together during recent flooding.

Isle of Wight chief fire officer Steve Apter said: "I would like to reassure residents that the deployment of the high volume pump to support the national flood response doesn’t affect our ability to respond to incidents on the Isle of Wight, as we still have a range of pumping equipment on the Island."

Twenty-two different fire services have been asked to make their pumping equipment available for the emergency response to floods.

The pump will be used in Winchester for at least four days, according to the Isle of Wight Council.

Hampshire's Chief Fire Officer John Bonney said how grateful he is for the support and praised how well the services work together.

Cllr Phil Jordan, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for public protection, said: "I am very pleased that our Fire and Rescue Service is able to offer assistance to our colleagues and partners on the mainland. This very much demonstrates the ability and resilience of our fire service on the Island and is a timely reminder of the value of our fire service and its capabilities."

High volume pump

The high volume pump, sent by Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service to help with Winchester flood relief. Picture courtesy of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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