Suffolk fire service wades in to help out Somerset

A flooded field
A flooded field

One of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service’s specialist rescue vehicles has been sent to help firefighters and communities in Somerset coping with the effects of the serious and continued flooding there.

The vehicle, known as a ‘Unimog’ and usually based in Bury St Edmunds, is a four wheel drive vehicle capable of driving through several feet of water. It can be used to transport people and equipment where other vehicles can’t go, including off road. Suffolk Fire and Rescue has a second Unimog which is to remain in the county.

Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member public protection, said: The persistent poor weather over the past few months has caused difficulties across the country, nowhere more so than in Somerset where communities are still suffering the severe effects of flooding.

“We have responded to a request from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue as part of the established national arrangements to provide assistance to other areas of the country.”

The vehicle and four firefighters are expected to be in Somerset until Monday.

Suffolk’s chief fire officer, Mark Hardingham, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer our support, particularly when last December our fire service called upon fire engines from other services across the country to help us in our response to the tidal surge.”