Suffolk: Crews gets new kit for rescuing people trapped by flooding

The official launch of the flood suits and low-build fire engines at Needham Market Fire Station.

The official launch of the flood suits and low-build fire engines at Needham Market Fire Station. - Credit: Archant

FIREfighters are now better equipped to rescue people trapped by flooding.

Crews across Suffolk can now use special suits when going out to flood-hit areas – and there are also new specially-adapted fire engines too.

The new equipment was launched at Needham Market fire station by Suffolk County Council.

Councillor Colin Spence, cabinet member for public protection, said: “Today’s launch was an important day for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service. The introduction of the new flood suits will enhance firefighters’ ability to respond to incidents involving deep water and flooding and continue to do all they can to protect the people of Suffolk.

“The addition of the two new low-build vehicles, which are unique to Suffolk, will also make a positive impact on journey times and allow firefighters to navigate the streets of Needham Market and Stowmarket and respond effectively to all foreseeable emergencies.”


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The county currently has specialist water rescue crews in Ipswich, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds. But crews from all over Suffolk will now be able to use the new flood suits.

The low-build fire engines, which have been modified with low roof lines and new suspension, will be able to travel under low bridges, particularly in the Stowmarket and Needham Market areas.

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Several parts of the county were hit by severe flooding last year.

The average rainfall in East Anglia for 2012 was recorded as 788mm (31ins) – compared to just 453.7mm (18ins) in 2011. The previous rainfall record was set back in 2001.

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