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Northamptonshire crews help regional services during Storm Babet rescues

Three firefighters, wearing red helmets and uniforms, help to transport two people - whose faces are pixelated to protect their identity - from their flooded homes. A wheelchair is also on the boat. The flooding incident happened in another county.

Northamptonshire fire crews were deployed over the weekend to assist other regional services during Storm Babet – and helped to rescue 15 residents from their flooded homes.

Northamptonshire was thankfully relatively untroubled by the storm, and pre-planning allowed the Service to have sufficient resources to deal with incidents should they arise within the county, but also assist other cross border Services if required.

A powered boat, crewed by specialist water rescue teams from both Mereway and Wellingborough, was called to assist another Service on Friday (October 20) as part of national resilience plans put in place during the adverse weather.

The crew helped to rescue the residents from flooded motorhomes and safely relocate them to a nearby leisure centre, and assisted crews in two search operations the following day after reports of individuals seen in the water.

Meanwhile on Saturday (October 21), the high-volume water pump at Corby – which is often deployed during national flooding incidents – aided a neighbouring Service in water management at a sluice gate, which is used to manage water flow.

Station Manager Nick Gayton said: “We are well versed in these kinds of incidents when it comes to supporting other Services as part of national resilience.

“This was a really good job from our crews and we were able to help other Services as well as maintain business as usual in terms of availability within the county.”

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