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Byline: RNLI Flood Rescue Team depart for European emergency exercise
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Flood Rescue Team, supported by Goodyear, are travelling to north Holland to take part in the UK’s response to the European Union’s biggest emergency exercise to date. It will simulate the tidal surge that devastated the UK and Holland in 1953, which resulted in over 2,000 fatalities. The UK’s response to the exercise is being coordinated by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

The RNLI Flood Rescue Team (FRT), alongside all organisations involved in the exercise, attended a briefing and launch event yesterday at the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh. MP Jacqui Smith was present at the event and met the RNLI FRT before departure. She spoke with team leader Gareth Wilson and found out more about the lifesaving service that the RNLI charity provides.

The RNLI FRT will be supplying two of the seven swift-water rescue trained crews and boats that will be taking part in the exercise. The field exercise will include rescue operations involving boats and helicopters responding to more that 400 ‘live casualties’ in one of the many lakes in North Holland being used to simulate a major flood from the sea. It will also include high volume pumping operations, simulating the scenarios last seen during the summer floods in Gloucestershire in 2007.

About the RNLI Flood Rescue Team: Formed in 2000, the RNLI charity’s Flood Rescue Team (FRT) is available at 24 hours notice to deploy anywhere in the world where waterborne search and rescue is needed due to natural disaster. The RNLI FRT is also a declared facility to the UK Government via the Department for International Development (DfID). RNLI FRT members are all either serving volunteer lifeboat crew members or operational RNLI staff who volunteer to be a part of the team. The RNLI FRT depends on donations from the public and from organisations such as Goodyear to fund specialist training and equipment.

The RNLI also has representation on the Flood Response National Enhancement Programme (FRNEP), which is being lead by Defra in England and is responsible for delivering a new flood rescue capability. The field exercise provides an opportunity to test the new arrangements being put in place for major flood responses across the UK.

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Photo captions: 1. Special rescue equipment, vehicles and boats for the UK’s response to the EU exercise. (credit: RNLI/Robin Goodlad) 2. MP Jacqui Smith listening to RNLI charity’s Flood Rescue Team leader Gareth Wilson talking about the team’s involvement in the EU flood exercise at the Fire Service College. (credit: RNLI/Robin Goodlad)

· The EU exercise will also involve responses from Poland, Holland, Sweden and Estonia. · In addition to the RNLI FRT, other rescue and support teams taking part in the exercise include: Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service West Midlands Fire Service Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Essex Fire and Rescue Service Northern Ireland Fire Service Combined Fire and Rescue Service teams representing Wales and Scotland Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Helicopters

· For more information, go to the official Floodex website http://www.floodex.eu/ RNLI media contacts If you would like to attend or for more information please telephone RNLI PR on 01202 336 789 or contact RNLI Public Relations Officer Pamela Saunders or Joanna Quinn on 01202 663510 or email psaunders@rnli.org.uk or jquinn@rnli.org.uk.

About Goodyear

Goodyear is helping to fund specialist training and equipment for the RNLI Flood Rescue Team. Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tyre companies. Goodyear employs about 70,000 people and manufactures its products in more than 60 facilities in 26 countries around the world.

Goodyear’s innovations have set automotive standards for more than 100 years. Goodyear has been the pioneer of the innovative safety technology known as RunOnFlat, which allows a driver to continue on a journey with a punctured tyre. Goodyear is the world’s leading manufacturer of RunOnFlat tyres, with applications on various BMWs, the award winning Mini, Mercedes-Benz high performance cars, Opel and other brands. Additional Goodyear RunOnFlat fitments are on the horizon, as the company’s designers are working with multiple automobile manufacturers on more than 150 RunOnFlat projects. For more information on Goodyear and its products, visit www.goodyear.com.

Byline: RNLI Flood Rescue Team depart for European emergency exercise
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Flood Rescue Team, supported by Goodyear, are travelling to north Holland to take part in the UK’s response to the European Union’s biggest emergency exercise to date. It will simulate the tidal surge that devastated the UK and Holland in 1953, which resulted in over 2,000 fatalities. The UK’s response to the exercise is being coordinated by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

The RNLI Flood Rescue Team (FRT), alongside all organisations involved in the exercise, attended a briefing and launch event yesterday at the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh. MP Jacqui Smith was present at the event and met the RNLI FRT before departure. She spoke with team leader Gareth Wilson and found out more about the lifesaving service that the RNLI charity provides.

The RNLI FRT will be supplying two of the seven swift-water rescue trained crews and boats that will be taking part in the exercise. The field exercise will include rescue operations involving boats and helicopters responding to more that 400 ‘live casualties’ in one of the many lakes in North Holland being used to simulate a major flood from the sea. It will also include high volume pumping operations, simulating the scenarios last seen during the summer floods in Gloucestershire in 2007.

About the RNLI Flood Rescue Team: Formed in 2000, the RNLI charity’s Flood Rescue Team (FRT) is available at 24 hours notice to deploy anywhere in the world where waterborne search and rescue is needed due to natural disaster. The RNLI FRT is also a declared facility to the UK Government via the Department for International Development (DfID). RNLI FRT members are all either serving volunteer lifeboat crew members or operational RNLI staff who volunteer to be a part of the team. The RNLI FRT depends on donations from the public and from organisations such as Goodyear to fund specialist training and equipment.

The RNLI also has representation on the Flood Response National Enhancement Programme (FRNEP), which is being lead by Defra in England and is responsible for delivering a new flood rescue capability. The field exercise provides an opportunity to test the new arrangements being put in place for major flood responses across the UK.

Notes to editors

Photo captions: 1. Special rescue equipment, vehicles and boats for the UK’s response to the EU exercise. (credit: RNLI/Robin Goodlad) 2. MP Jacqui Smith listening to RNLI charity’s Flood Rescue Team leader Gareth Wilson talking about the team's involvement in the EU flood exercise at the Fire Service College. (credit: RNLI/Robin Goodlad)

· The EU exercise will also involve responses from Poland, Holland, Sweden and Estonia. · In addition to the RNLI FRT, other rescue and support teams taking part in the exercise include: Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service West Midlands Fire Service Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Essex Fire and Rescue Service Northern Ireland Fire Service Combined Fire and Rescue Service teams representing Wales and Scotland Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Helicopters

· For more information, go to the official Floodex website http://www.floodex.eu/ RNLI media contacts If you would like to attend or for more information please telephone RNLI PR on 01202 336 789 or contact RNLI Public Relations Officer Pamela Saunders or Joanna Quinn on 01202 663510 or email psaunders@rnli.org.uk or jquinn@rnli.org.uk.

About Goodyear

Goodyear is helping to fund specialist training and equipment for the RNLI Flood Rescue Team. Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tyre companies. Goodyear employs about 70,000 people and manufactures its products in more than 60 facilities in 26 countries around the world.

Goodyear’s innovations have set automotive standards for more than 100 years. Goodyear has been the pioneer of the innovative safety technology known as RunOnFlat, which allows a driver to continue on a journey with a punctured tyre. Goodyear is the world’s leading manufacturer of RunOnFlat tyres, with applications on various BMWs, the award winning Mini, Mercedes-Benz high performance cars, Opel and other brands. Additional Goodyear RunOnFlat fitments are on the horizon, as the company’s designers are working with multiple automobile manufacturers on more than 150 RunOnFlat projects. For more information on Goodyear and its products, visit www.goodyear.com.