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Fire service praised for positive pandemic approach

It’s after fire crews received multiple calls reporting flood incidences across the county last night.

Between 8pm last night (Wednesday 20 January) and 5:30am this morning (Thursday 21 January), Staffordshire Fire and Rescue responded to 14 separate calls related to flooding across the county.

There were many reports of drivers marooned in flood water. One incident saw crews from Uttoxeter, Cheadle and Newcastle, as well as the water rescue team, attend St Michael’s Road, Stramshall following a report of three cars becoming trapped shortly before 5:30am this morning. Three drivers were rescued.

Properties in areas including Cannock, Uttoxeter and Tamworth were impacted by flood water, as well as a care home in Coppenhall – where one ground floor resident was evacuated by a crew from Rising Brook.

Deputy Chief Fire Office, Rob Barber said, “Storm Christoph has brought some challenging weather to our county and we are reminding people to stay sensible when out and about.

“Please don’t drive through flood water as it can put you and others in danger, as well as causing severe damage to your vehicle.

“Demand is high but our crews are well trained in dealing with the flooding fall-out. They will continue to do all they can to keep you safe.”

I am very proud of all of the team for their continued efforts in such challenging circumstances and I am pleased that HMICFRS has delivered such a positive report which recognises this.

Becci Bryant, Chief Fire Officer

Speaking of the findings of the report, Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant, said: “I am very proud of all of the team for their continued efforts in such challenging circumstances and I am pleased that HMICFRS has delivered such a positive report which recognises this.

“I am particularly pleased that the inspectors recognised all the additional work staff have been doing to support the vulnerable in our communities during the pandemic and that colleagues have been praised for their consistent adaptability to change. 

“We are working hard to ensure all these positive results are maintained as well as looking to further support on call staff in ways that are best suited to their needs. 

“We are determined to continue to deliver the best possible service to the people of Staffordshire throughout the pandemic and beyond.”

A copy of the report is available to download at: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/fire-and-rescue-services/.

For more information on the inspection, visit: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/fire-and-rescue-services/how-we-inspect-fire-and-rescue-services/.

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