Lincolnshire | 6 May 2012
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue now has one of the UK’s largest flood rescue capabilities after taking delivery of 10 new rescue boats in March.
As a result, the number of specially trained and equipped water rescue teams in the county has increased ten-fold, making Lincolnshire one of the nation’s most prepared areas for flooding.
More than 60 personnel will receive the training, skills, and kit to rescue people from both flowing and still water.
The teams will be strategically distributed at Boston, Louth, Gainsborough, Sleaford and with the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams to ensure the best coverage and response times.
The boats were secured through a grant from Defra following recommendations contained in the Pitt Report, commissioned in the aftermath of widespread floods in 2007 in order to identify ways to improve preparedness for flooding. One of the report’s recommendations was to enhance flood rescue capabilities.
Defra first produced a key document explaining best practise, techniques and standards for rescue teams, as well as procedure for command and control and requesting aid.
Then, Defra completed a national register of specialist assets and enhanced this through delivery of the Flood Rescue Grant.
Following Lincolnshire’s successful bid in 2011, Defra paid for new vessels, equipment and training as part of the £250,000 government grant.
Councillor Peter Robinson, executive councillor for community safety, said: “Flooding, especially from the sea, has been identified as a key risk for Lincolnshire and this extra resource will give us significantly more capability and expertise to help people should a flood occur.
“Building on the water rescue resources we have now, and those of our partner organisations, we will be better prepared to assist in both local and national flood responses.”
It is planned that all 10 rescue teams will be fully operational by June.