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Hero firefighters help flood relief in struggling county

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Firefighters from Milton Keynes have been sent to help victims of flooding in Somerset.

Continuing heavy rainfall has resulted in many areas in the south-west submerged in rising flood waters with people forced to abandon their homes.

But a team of firefighters from stations, including Newport Pagnell, is currently on a 48-hour rolling rota to help the flood relief operation.

The team from Bucks Fire & Rescue are using one of the force’s Unimogs, a four-wheel drive vehicle, to drive through rising water.

Locally, firefighters have been called out to just a handful of calls while their services have been needed across the county in Marlow.

Newport Pagnell and Beconsfield are two of the only fire crews to house water response units – which are self funded.

Councillor Adrian Busby, chairman of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority, said: “I am glad we were prepared to help and that our highly professional crews are doing such great work to try and keep people safe from harm.

“We are delighted to have been able to service the needs of our own people in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, and to send crews and vehicles to assist the people of Somerset over the last few weeks. We remain committed to that response in Somerset for another week.

“Fire and rescue services are not funded for flooding and have been given no statutory role by the Government. In a spirit of wishing to help people in distress and using the leeway granted to us to do what seems appropriate, we still respond as best we can.

“Despite running on very tight budgets, this fire authority has chosen to continue to self-fund two water response units in recognition of the flooding challenges the area has traditionally faced.”

Mr Busby said: “I am glad we were prepared to help and that our highly professional crews are doing such great work to try and keep people safe from harm. We are delighted to have been able to service the needs of our own people in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, and to send crews and vehicles to assist the people of Somerset over the last few weeks. We remain committed to that response in Somerset for another week.”

 

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