Long Eaton & Sandiacre SNT officers assist at Whaley Bridge

Published on: Saturday, 3rd August 2019

Over the last few days, over 150 Firefighters from Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and fire and rescue services across the UK have been supporting the emergency response at Whaley Bridge joined by Police Officers from across the county including from the Erewash Borough.

10 High Volume Pumps (HVPs) designed to pump large quantities of water have been deployed to the incident – these have come from across the UK and are supported by 55 Firefighters that support the use of these pumps.

DFRS also had 15 personnel working at the strategic holding area where equipment and resources are allocated and distributed to sites across the incident area.

Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer said: “I would like to thank the local residents for supporting the response to this unprecedented emergency in the Town of Whaley Bridge.  It’s a huge credit to those communities for working with the emergency services to evacuate such a large area as quickly as they did.

“We are working with all partners to reduce the risk to the surrounding area as quickly and safely as possible.  10 specialist high volume pumps, along with firefighters from across the whole of the UK, immediate risk to surrounding area.”

High volume pumps and assistance have been sent from the following fire and rescue services: Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Lincolnshire, Hereford & Worcestershire, West Midlands, South Yorkshire, Mid & West Wales, Nottinghamshire, West Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Greater Manchester.

Meanwhile, officers from the Long Eaton & Sandiacre Safer Neighbourhood Team completed a 16 hour shift during the course of Thursday 1st into Friday 2nd August and reported having left the area for what they said was some 'well needed rest'  but having been very grateful for the hospitality recieved from local residents who they said had been "brilliant"

As they were leaving the site, a Chinook Helicopter from RAF Brize Norton was arriving to assist. (pictured: credit: Derbyshire Wildlife Crime Officer)

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