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.