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Essex fire officer assists with flood relief

An Essex fire officer joined crews from around the country as part of the team helping people in flood hit North Yorkshire.

Sub Officer Toby Ingham has returned to the County after working  alongside colleagues from across the UK  as part of flood relief efforts.

Toby was deployed to the City of York as a High Volume Pump Tactical Advisor. He was there between December 27 until New Years’ Day.

Appliances from all around the UK were used including boat crews and High Volume Pumps - large pumps that are able to displace around 7,000 litres of water per minute.

Sub O Ingham said: “People were stranded in their houses in certain areas of the City and many households were left without electricity and a supply of mains water.

“Normal everyday communications were totally cut off in large areas of York and infrastructure systems had been severely affected. York was like a ghost town and normal life had ground to a halt.

“I could immediately see the value our High Volume Pumps could bring to this situation. Within seven hours we had pumped out the basement of a communications headquarters and in less than 24hrs phone lines, broadband, cash machines and businesses were up-and-running again.”

In addition to this, Sub O Ingham oversaw the use of pumps at a major electricity distribution sub-station, a water treatment centre and at a partially collapsed bridge.

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