A team from Bucks Fire & Rescue Service will be staying in Somerset until the weekend to assist with the flood relief operation in the county.
As part of an agreement that exists among fire and rescue services across the country, the team has taken one of the brigade’s three Unimog four wheel drive vehicles to aid people isolated by the recent spell of wet weather.
The crew is also ferrying vulnerable people and essential items back and forth in isolated communities while providing support and emergency cover to the ambulance service’s Hazardous Area Response Team.
The team from Bucks, which arrived on Thursday evening, initially comprised five firefighters from Aylesbury.
But after the agreement was extended, other firefighters from across the county will now take the places of the original crew members.
Roger Brinklow, service delivery manager for Aylesbury Vale, said: “As everyone is aware, following extreme weather conditions over the past months, areas of Somerset have been severely affected by the heavy rainfall.
“This has led to local residents experiencing extreme difficulty in moving around the area, with many properties still uninhabitable due to the level of the water.
“In response to a request from the fire and rescue service’s National Coordination Centre, Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority has provided a 4x4 pumping appliance, with a crew of five personnel and a liaison officer, for deployment within the affected area.”