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April 12, 2011

Defra allocates £820k to flood rescue groups

by Gill Montia

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More than £820,000 has been allocated to 16 emergency and voluntary groups across England to improve responses to flooding.

The money, which has been provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), will be used to buy rescue equipment and to train people to deal with local flooding emergencies.

Announcing the new funding, Environment Minister, Richard Benyon, says: “In the event of a large-scale flood it is important that we can call upon manpower and equipment from a wide range of emergency services and voluntary groups.”

Some of the organisations to benefit from funding include:

The Maritime Coastguard Agency (£116,178) for equipment and training to set up eight new rescue teams.

The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (£76,861) to purchase a vehicle and training for a power boat rescue team.

The South Worchester LifeSaving Club (£72,000) to purchase equipment and training for a power boat rescue team.

The grants form part of the Government’s £2.7 million Flood Rescue Grant Scheme, which has so far benefited 45 organisations, including those announced today.

 

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