cfoaAs many areas of the country continue to be hit by wide spread flooding, the Chief Fire Officers Association maintain that the issues surrounding the provision and responsibilities for flood response need to be clarified by central government.

As of 10th February there are still nearly 300 flood alerts in place across the UK and forecasts predict the bad weather to continue well into the weekend.

CFOA Operations Director Roy Wilsher said: "Fire and Rescue Services across the UK are working together to deliver a co-ordinated response to the widespread flooding with high volume pumps and other specialist equipment being mobilised alongside personnel trained to deal with the flooding caused by the severe weather.

"As an organisation, CFOA believe that the way forward in delivering an efficient, resilient and cost effective national response to major flooding events should be based on a clear statement of duties, with Fire and Rescue Services playing a leading role."

In Somerset alone, UK Fire and Rescue Services have deployed a number of national resilience assets to strategic locations within the county. These include thirteen High Volume Pumps, each capable of moving 7,000 litres of water per minute (equivalent to 7 tonnes), Unimog all-terrain vehicles and hovercraft, plus a cadre of Fire and Rescue Service officers on 24 hour availability to provide strategic and tactical advice on flood rescue and response operations.