Cheshire Firefighters Deployed To Help In Flooded Areas

Two officers, crews and equipment have been deployed south to help with flooded areas in Berkshire and Herefordshire.

In the first deployment a crew of five firefighters from Congleton, accompanied by Station Manager Stewart Forshaw, have taken a high volume pump appliance to Kidderminster where they are working with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

In a second deployment, Station Manager Mark Coleman and five firefighters from Warrington went to Maidenhead with a fire engine and dry suits for working in water where they will liaise with Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

All the firefighters deployed are expected to be working with Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service until the weekend.
All requests for assistance have come from the Fire and Rescue Service National Coordination Centre, who are coordinating the national response.

Speaking from Maidenhead, Station Manager Mark Coleman said:
“We are currently deploying as directed by the Fire and Rescue Service National Coordination Centre.
So far we have been out and about around the area offering assistance and help where we can with things such as organising sandbags.

Hopefully, us being here will bring some comfort to the local community who are facing a really challenging situation.”

Update 16th February
In Maidenhead, one of the fire crews from Cheshire is working on Station Road in Wargrave, Maidenhead. Both the Light Portable Pump and the structural appliance are being used simultaneously at different residential properties, following a survey of the local area that had been affected by flood water.

Cheshire firefighters are also helping the Army to distribute sand bags to a number of properties throughout the day.

Flood waters have started to recede slightly in this area of Maidenhead, however there are concerns that over the next two days they will raise again

Another fire crew from Cheshire is helping to reduce water levels in the village of Datchet on the on the River Thames in Berkshire.
They are helping with the re-alignment of hose lines to enable the opening of the rail line between Windsor and Waterloo.
The fire crew took over from a West Midlands fire crew this morning.

The fire crew are in high spirits and their assistance is being greatfully received by local residents.

Update 18th February
The Cheshire Fire and Rescue boat and its crew have been sent to Berkshire to assist in the flooded areas.
Four firefighters from Warrington, Chester and Northwich Fire Stations have taken equipment and one of the Service’s rescue boats to use as a wading response to ferry equipment and personnel.
This is the fifth group of firefighters and officers from Cheshire to have been sent to the South of the county in recent weeks. They will be expected to work alongside and support the local fire and rescue service for the next four days.
The first crew of five firefighters from Congleton, accompanied by Station Manager Stewart Forshaw, took a high volume pump appliance to Kidderminster where they were working with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.
Station Manager Mark Coleman and five firefighters from Warrington then went to Maidenhead with a fire engine and dry suits for working in water where they liaised with Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The third and fourth groups included Station Manager Paul Watts and a crew from Chester and Station Manager Duncan Palin and a crew from Congleton who took over from their colleagues.
All requests for assistance have come from the Fire and Rescue Service National Coordination Centre, who are coordinating the national response.