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Merseyside fire service to train in flood rescue.

MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue service will be given pounds 68,000 to set up and equip two specialist emergency flood rescue teams.

The cash from the Government department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) will be used to train them to deal with local flood emergencies. Announcing the new funding, environment minister Richard Benyon said: "In the event of a large-scale flood, it is important that we can call upon manpower and equipment from a wide range of emergency services and voluntary groups."

He said the grant will help pay for vital flood rescue training and items such as rescue boats. All the equipment bought with the Defra funding will be added to the National Asset Register of flood rescue resources that emergency services across the country can call upon in the event of a major flood. Last summer, Merseyside Fire Service dealt with numerous incidents caused by localised flooding after heavy rain fell across the region. Control operators took around 80 calls in three hours on July 20 as the rainfall left some streets deluged.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2011
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