New pumps will improve flood response

The new flood pumps
The new flood pumps

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have taken delivery of new equipment, which will eventually be based in Gainsborough, to help residents when flooding occurs.

Two new 4x4 vehicles, complete with trailer-mounted flood pumps, have been delivered to the services’ Waddington Training Facility, funded by the county council.

The new equipment, which will be operational by mid-December, means firefighters can deal with flooding more quickly and efficiently.

Coun Nick Worth said: “The county council and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are working together to protect people against flooding. We have provided £100,000 of funding for the equipment, ensuring firefighters have access to further vital resources during flood situations.”

Spencer Creek, station manager, said: “These new vehicles will vastly improve our ability to help residents and to respond to flood emergencies around the county.

“The new pumps are able to move a lot more water than our fire appliances, which allows us to alleviate the risk of flooding far quicker.

“During the devastating floods in Boston in December 2013 our crews began pumping at 9pm and were still doing so the following afternoon.

“The pumps can move 9,000 litres per minute which is a significant amount compared to a fire appliance which can shift about 2,250 litres per minute. Once up and running, this equipment can also be left with just two operators which means other firefighters and appliances can be helping out elsewhere.”

Firefighters are undergoing training to transport and use the new equipment, which will in future be based at Gainsborough and Wragby.