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Incident 26. | 18/12 15:55 | Flood Rescue

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At 15:55 Silver command set up the SARCELL as serious rainfall and potential flooding was forecast to affect the entire peninsula.

The team was put on standby at 17:03 by the SARCELL to join the multi-agency response to the floods across Devon & Cornwall.

At 20:30 the first type C team was requested to move to the rescue centre and be ready for deployment, at 22:10 team 41 where task by the SARCELL to make their way to Lostwithiel but on route they where re-task to a caravan park at Notter Bridge, Saltash where the River Lynher had overtopped its’ banks and flooded a large area of the park. Some residents needed evacuation from their homes.

Last night the River Lynher set a new ‘highest recorded’ level of 2.44 meters at the measuring station about a mile upstream of Notter Bridge and sustained that level for an hour around midnight, the old ‘highest recorded’ was from 1979 at Pillaton with 2.43 meters.

At 22:29 the second type C team was requested to move to the rescue centre and be ready for deployment, at 01:00 team 42 where task by the SARCELL to make their way to Notter Bridge as there more resources needed to perform welfare checks on residents and evacuation residents from their homes were in need.

We worked alongside colleagues from DSRT Ashburton, DSRT Tavistock, East Cornwall SRT, Exmoor SRT and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, Environment Agency, Devon and Cornwall 4×4, HM Coastguard SRT and Devon & Cornwall Police to evacuate and secure people at risk.

We were stood down at 04:30 having reported the successful completion of tasks to the Fire Service Incident Site Manager and return to the Rescue Center to unload and clean the used kit, members left the Rescue Center at 05:30.

By this time the team rescued 8 people and to 2 dogs to safety.

In Attendance:

  • 13 DSRTP (2 type C Teams of 6 and 1 Search Manager)
  • DSRTA
  • DSRTT
  • Exmoor SRT
  • East Cornwall SRT
  • HM Coastguard SRT
  • Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service
  • Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
  • Environment Agency
  • Devon and Cornwall 4×4
  • Devon & Cornwall Police
  • Total duration: 12hrs 30mins
  • Total Volunteer hours: 124hrs 30mins

We remain operational at this difficult, responding to assist Devon & Cornwall Police in searching for vulnerable missing people.

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Table 1 – Team type capability overview

Team Type

Capability

A

Amalgamation

  • Amalgamatedteams

  • ThesewillbeknownasA–BforpowerboatsandA–Cformixed

    teams

  • Teamsofthisnaturearenotpre-declaredbutareestablishedduring

    the incident with members and equipment from assets from the

    National Asset Register

  • Anexamplewouldbeembeddingahealthcareprofessional10,police

    officer, or RSPCA member in a B or C team

B

Water & Flood Rescue Boat Team

  • T echnical water rescue

  • Searchoperationswithinthewaterenvironment

  • Powerboatrescueoperations

  • In-wateroperations

  • Floodresponse

C

Water & Flood Rescue
T echnician Team

  • T echnical water rescue

  • Searchoperationswithinthewaterenvironment

  • In-wateroperations

  • Non-poweredboatoperations

  • Floodresponse

D

Water & Flood Rescue First Responder Team

• Supportoperations
• Limitedin-wateroperations
• Bank-basedsafetyandsearch • Floodresponse

 

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