Cornish firefighters send high pressure pump to help tackle Somerset floods

The pump in use at Helston during recent flooding

The pump in use at Helston during recent flooding

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A high volume and pressure pump used by Cornish firefighters has been sent 'up country' to help tackle flooding in Somerset.

The Newquay based high pressure pump was drafted after a call yesterday evening by the Fire & Rescue Service National Co-ordination Centre based in London.

Cornwall Fire Control sent the pump to Somerset, as part of a major response to the devastating flooding affecting the area.

Newquay's High Volume Pump is one of ten that have been sent from around the country. They are currently at a strategic holding area near Taunton, awaiting deployment.

High Volume Pumps were purchased as part of a national project to better equip Fire & Rescue Services to deal with large-scale incidents including natural disasters and floods.

The pumps can be mobilised to incidents locally or, for a major incident elsewhere when needed.

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