National Resilience deploys to assist as Storm Dennis hits across the UK

As Storm Dennis takes hold across the country, several major incidents across the country have been declared.

Severe warnings are in place in Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire following widespread flooding.

NFCC’s National Resilience has already deployed assets to South Wales.

Responses are run in conjunction with organisations such as DEFRA and the Environment Agency. With more than 600 flood warnings and alerts in place across England, this is more than any other day on record. Additions warnings are in place in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The major incident in South Wales follows towns and villages north of Cardiff being subjected to more than a month’s worth of rainfall in 48 hours.

Flood boats, a High Volume Pump (HVP) including a double hose box module and a pump module are among the assets deployed nationally. The modules each have a pump and three kilometres of hose to assist with pumping and moving water over long distances.

HVPs have the capacity to move up to 7,000 litres of water per minute. There are 52 on the national register across England & Wales that can be deployed to assist affected areas.

In addition, South Wales have a wide range of assets at the incident, including Flood Rescue Tactical Advisors, flood boats, their own HVP ancillary equipment module and HVP Pump Module.

Rescue Boat crews from Fire & Rescue Services and the voluntary sector have carried out rescues and evacuations of the public from flooded properties across the area.

This type of national response is provided from a register of national assets from both fire services and voluntary agencies, to support a national response. The situation continues to be monitored and the response will be adjusted as the situation changes.

In addition, National Resilience has also been deployed to another incident – although at this stage it is not confirmed whether it related to Storm Dennis – which saw a wall collapse in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

As a result, a number of homes were evacuated. Resources including a search and rescue dog were requested and a team from Merseyside attended, Greater Manchester Technical Rescue Unit were mobilised and the Ambulance Service, along with a Hazardous Area Response Team were at the scene.

  • This national response means teams and equipment can be deployed quickly and effectively. This is coordinated by the National Fire Chiefs Council’s National Resilience (NR) arrangements.  
  • Fire services and voluntary organisations have more than 93 powered rescue boat teams and 35 non-powered rescue boat teams immediately available for deployment.
  • The National Resilience Assurance Team (NRAT), supported by lead NFCC officers, coordinates the national response, provides vital support to government and supports fire and rescue services with additional assets.
  • NR also provides invaluable support in response to these nationally significant incidents, working to the National Coordination and Advisory Framework (NCAF), to ensure a flexible response is put in place.
  • Highly experienced fire and rescue service strategic and tactical advisers support affected areas, which has been consistently demonstrated since the Cumbria floods in 2005.
  • Fire and Rescue Services also coordinate a national response to wide area flooding on behalf of DEFRA through a well-established and highly effective National Coordination and Advisory Framework (NCAF).
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