Dorset Fire Fighters "Flood Ready"
12:25pm 11th October 2013
A special team of Weymouth fire fighters has been trained-up to deal with flooding.
Parts of Dorset, mainly villages were battered by torrential rain last summer, leaving many areas impassable due to rising surface water.
Iconic pictures were sent into Wessex FM during the flash floods showing abandoned cars left in the street with doors left open after drivers fled rising flood waters in panic.
Burton Bradstock and Martinstown were badly hit with some residents forced to evacuate their homes for safety.
Over a year on and Dorset's Fire and Rescue is determined to be better prepared to help should the county be exposed to adverse weather conditions again. They've invested in specific flood training and joined other units from around the country on exercise.
Dorset's Chief Fire Officer Darren Gunter told Wessex FM they hosted a special training exercise at West Moors;
"We had people trapped in cars in lakes and then we tested our operation capability. We're not complacent because we've had a quiet year due to the good weather. We still make sure that we have the right capability and the right skills, so that when that bell goes we're ready to go."
Gunter went on to add; "Our special rescue team in Weymouth, will deal with fast flowing water and have inflatable crafts and all kinds of capabilities to rescue people. While it isn’t a legal duty we take our moral obligations very seriously."