New equipment to tackle floods

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has taken delivery of new equipment to help county residents when flooding occurs.

Two new 4x4 vehicles with trailer-mounted flood pumps have now been delivered to the services’ Waddington Training Facility. The 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.

“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.

“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.”

Firefighters are undergoing training to both transport and use the new equipment.