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Byline: The RNLI Flood Rescue Team have today (Sunday 16 February) been asked to assist with the flood relief effort in Somerset.
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The team of 15 volunteers will be providing public safety advice, support and reassurance.  

Two teams, made up of lifeboat station volunteers from Wales and Somerset have been sent to the Taunton area of the county.  Whilst there is not considered to be a major threat to life in this region, the RNLI Flood Rescue Team (FRT) are specially trained in dealing with swift water, which behaves differently to sea water, and the challenges that it presents. 

The team also possess specialist equipment that enable them to work in flooded environments.  Traditionally, the FRT are called upon to assist in search and rescue during a flood incident, however, given the unprecedented size and scale of this incident and the anticipated duration, the charity is assisting those communities affected in a ‘relief’ role, alongside other emergency services. 

Robin Goodlad, Flood Response Manager at the RNLI, said: ‘At a time when much of the country is suffering the effects of heavy rain and widespread flooding, the RNLI is pleased to be asked by the Fire and Rescue Service National Co-ordination Centre (FRSNCC) to assist with helping local communities get back on their feet – whether that’s taking supplies, helping people from their homes or making areas safe.’ 

Co-ordination of flood response in the UK is managed by the Fire and Rescue Service, with the RNLI and other teams on standby as a ‘second tier’ of relief, should the teams require it.  

On Friday two teams of RNLI volunteers were sent to the flood hit county of Berkshire, where they provided assistance and guidance to the local residents. 

Those teams have now been stood down and will return to Poole this afternoon, before returning home. This news release will be updated with images and video as we receive it.

ENDS

RNLI media contacts
For queries outside of office hours, contact the Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789​​

Byline: The RNLI Flood Rescue Team have today (Sunday 16 February) been asked to assist with the flood relief effort in Somerset.
Page Content:

The team of 15 volunteers will be providing public safety advice, support and reassurance.  

Two teams, made up of lifeboat station volunteers from Wales and Somerset have been sent to the Taunton area of the county.  Whilst there is not considered to be a major threat to life in this region, the RNLI Flood Rescue Team (FRT) are specially trained in dealing with swift water, which behaves differently to sea water, and the challenges that it presents. 

The team also possess specialist equipment that enable them to work in flooded environments.  Traditionally, the FRT are called upon to assist in search and rescue during a flood incident, however, given the unprecedented size and scale of this incident and the anticipated duration, the charity is assisting those communities affected in a ‘relief’ role, alongside other emergency services. 

Robin Goodlad, Flood Response Manager at the RNLI, said: 'At a time when much of the country is suffering the effects of heavy rain and widespread flooding, the RNLI is pleased to be asked by the Fire and Rescue Service National Co-ordination Centre (FRSNCC) to assist with helping local communities get back on their feet - whether that's taking supplies, helping people from their homes or making areas safe.' 

Co-ordination of flood response in the UK is managed by the Fire and Rescue Service, with the RNLI and other teams on standby as a ‘second tier’ of relief, should the teams require it.  

On Friday two teams of RNLI volunteers were sent to the flood hit county of Berkshire, where they provided assistance and guidance to the local residents. 

Those teams have now been stood down and will return to Poole this afternoon, before returning home. This news release will be updated with images and video as we receive it.

ENDS

RNLI media contacts
For queries outside of office hours, contact the Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789​​