As the flooding situation across the South of England continues to develop, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) has committed further resources to help the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
In addition to the high volume pump and the crew of five firefighters which have been in the Reading area since last week, the Service has been asked by the National Co-ordination Centre to provide further resources to aid the flooding response. A flood rescue boat with six firefighters and one officer has been sent, as well as senior officers who are experts in tactics for flooding incidents.
As Royal Berkshire’s appliances and crews have been severely tested over recent weeks, HFRS has also sent two of our spare fire engines crewed with firefighters to provide operational cover for the area which includes Reading, Windsor and Slough. Two officers have also been requested.
This mutual support is put in place between Fire and Rescue Services nationally to ensure that any significant incidents which require more resources than are normally available can be managed effectively. Other Fire and Rescue Services have provided the Humber area with support during previous flooding incidents. These arrangements will remain in place until the end of the week and will mean that a total of 26 Humberside Fire and Rescue Service staff, who are all volunteers, are currently out of the Service area providing assistance.