West Yorkshire firefighters deployed to Somerset

A Yorkshire crew in Somerset
A Yorkshire crew in Somerset

Eleven Firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) are working in Somerset to assist with flood relief work.

The crew from Stanningley Fire Station have expertise in High Volume Pump operation and are supporting Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

The region is bracing itself for yet more flooding over the coming days.

Station commander Alan Jordan said: “We are moving water into a canal to alleviate the lowland flooding.”

Assistance from WYFRS was requested by the Fire and Rescue Services National Coordination Centre

Assistant Chief Fire Officer for WYFRS Dave Walton said: “The UK Fire and Rescue Service has well established, tried and tested plans for occasions such as this when the local and regional resources cannot adequately deal with the sheer scale of an incident.

“Such a national mobilisation is fortunately rare, but it serves to demonstrate the interoperability and equipment capability that the Fire & Rescue Service can bring to bear in times of national emergency.”