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UKFB install flood mitigation at Chew Magna Fire Station

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Chew Magna fire crews will be able to respond more easily to dealing with flooding in the area after a partnership agreement with UK Flood Barriers which has led to floor protection at the village fire station.

In 2012 retained duty system firefighters camped out at Chew Magna Fire Station in Tunbridge Road to prevent it flooding and to ensure they could respond to calls quickly  during a period of heavy rain and flooding.

They had to pump and mop out the station three times during the rainstorms that saw parts of the village underwater during the winter. While UKFB was carrying out flood defence work in the village of Chew Magna, Avon Fire & Rescue Service allowed the company to use the facilities at the fire station to store their equipment.

In return UKFB agreed to fit flood defences and provide rubber bungs for the toilets to stop water getting into the fire station. Bath and North East Somerset Council, together with the Environment Agency, has been carrying out property level flood protection work in the village of Chew Magna.

This agreement between Avon Fire and Rescue Service and UK Flood Barriers was beneficial to both organisations. We know that the area around Chew Magna is prone to flooding and have seen it occur in recent years. The new flood defences mean that in the event of torrential downpours and large amounts of standing water we can erect the barriers and inflate the rubber bungs to prevent water getting into the fire station. We are often called upon to assist the local community during outbreaks of flooding and these defences mean we can continue to operate and assist those who may need our help.

I would like to thank UK Flood Barriers for their work and to reassure the local community that should they need us during a period of bad weather we will be ready to respond to all emergencies

Martin Collins
Station  Manager 
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