Suffolk fire chief helps in York floods
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Senior Suffolk fire officer John Tiffen is spending the New Year weekend at home after returning from a key role in co-ordinating the response to floods in northern England.
Mr Tiffen, who is based in Lowestoft, is a Group Commander with special responsibility for Suffolk’s flood response. Fire services across the country co-ordinate with each other to offer expertise when serious flooding hits an area – Mr Tiffen’s role was to help co-ordinate the work of flood teams from across the country.
Teams from Cheshire, Merseyside, and other counties were called in – but their work needed co-ordination from senior offices like Mr Tiffen.
He said: “On Tuesday I went to Cumbria because there were fears that area could be hit by Storm Frank after the two storms before Christmas.
“In the event the storm’s worst effects were a bit further north, in Scotland. They did not need the help we could bring so we went to York to help out there.”
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Mr Tiffen returned home late on New Year’s Eve – “just in time for a glass of wine with the family!” he said, however he did miss a relation’s wedding.
There is still a great deal of clearing up to be done in York. The city is used to some flooding, but this spell has been the worst for many years.
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Mr Tiffen said: “In a sense those areas that do get flooded are prepared. But this year has seen flooding in areas where it has not happened for many years – and people in those areas are really struggling.”