Work continues to tackle South Yorkshire flooding

Firefighters from across the UK are playing a key role in tackling the flooding in South Yorkshire as part of a nationally coordinated response.

Rescue Boat crews from Fire & Rescue Services and the voluntary sector have carried out rescues and evacuations of 219 members of the public from flooded properties across the area.

High Volume Pumps (HVPs) are reducing water levels in a number of locations, which have the capacity to move up to 7,000 litres of water per minute.

The pumps are also helping the Environment Agency to reduce the volume of water in the drainage network. As further rainfall is anticipated, this will create extra capacity in preparation.

This is part of a national response, meaning teams and equipment can be deployed quickly and effectively. This is coordinated by the National Fire Chiefs Council’s National Resilience (NR) arrangements.  The Prime Minister is holding a Cobra meeting later today in response to the floods.

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Support is being provided by: South Yorkshire; North Yorkshire; Cheshire; Merseyside; Greater Manchester; Bedfordshire; West Yorkshire; North Wales; West Midlands; Shropshire; Derbyshire; Lincolnshire; Nottinghamshire; the RNLI, and Bay Search and Rescue.

The situation continues to be monitored and the response will be adjusted as the situation changes.

NFCC Chair, Roy Wilsher, said: “Fire services from across the country once again are playing a leading role in tackling floods, in conjunction with government departments and other organisations. This shows the range of work undertaken and is testament to the professionalism of services, deploying quickly to help communities.

“It is vital we can respond to large-scale incidents via a coordinated and joined-up approach; getting the right equipment and people in place to support local fire services.

“We have seen extensive national incidents this year; August’s major flooding incident in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire flooding in June and wildfires during February and April. It is vital we can continue to provide this type of response; the correct level of funding is critical.”

The national resilience response is being run in conjunction with organisations such as DEFRA and the Environment Agency.

According to the EA, around 1,200 properties have been evacuated to date. NFCC will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with the Environment Agency and it is likely there will be more rainfall in the area.

Assets deployed to date:

  • A Strategic Holding Area (SHA) has been established
  • The SHA is managed by the Enhanced Logistics Support Teams
  • Eight High Volume Pumps
  • Eight rescue boat teams have been mobilised:
  • Flood Tactical Advisors and HVP Tactical Advisors have provided specialist advice
  • Fire services and voluntary organisations have more than 93 powered rescue boat teams and 35 non-powered rescue boat teams immediately available for deployment.
  • The National Resilience Assurance Team (NRAT), supported by lead NFCC officers, coordinates the national response, provides vital support to government and supports fire and rescue services with additional assets.
  • NR also provides invaluable support in response to these nationally significant incidents, working to the national Coordination and Advisory Framework (NCAF), to ensure a flexible response is put in place.
  • Highly experienced fire and rescue service strategic and tactical advisers support affected areas, which has been consistently demonstrated since the Cumbria floods in 2005.
  • Fire and Rescue Services also coordinate a national response to wide area flooding on behalf of DEFRA through a well-established and highly effective National Coordination and Advisory Framework (NCAF).
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