West Sussex water rescue team ready to support communities in the East of England

 
Last updated:
13 January 2017

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is sending a specialist team to help flood stricken communities in the East of England.

A Flood Tactical Advisor, specialist boat and a swift water rescue team are travelling to Ipswich, in Suffolk, in response to a request from the National Resilience Team to support the emergency response and recovery planning arrangements for an expected East coast tidal surge and associated flooding.

In total, six members of our Technical Rescue Unit (TRU), Group Commander Jon Lacey, who is one of our National Flood Subject Matter Advisors, and Station Commander David Hyde have been sent to assist, along with the powered boat and two Land Rovers.

Locally, the Sussex Resilience Forum and National Resilience Team have assessed flood risks facing West Sussex and our neighbouring areas and we have ensured a full flood capability is maintained within the county.

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