Flood Responder Rescue Team
London SAR is in the process of developing a Flood Responder Team.
Rescue Teams are made up of search technicians that have completed the various courses involved and qualified to the DEFRA standard for flood relief.
The Flood Rescue Teams are used to assist the Local Authority Resilience plus the Fire and Rescue Service with localized flooding and with the rescue of persons trapped by flood waters up to 1m deep with water moving no faster than 1m per second.
The purpose of these qualified flood rescue technicians is to provide an additional resource to assist the Fire And Rescue Service in times of need when their resources are stretched.
Flooding is not such a rare occurrence in London as we have the River Thames as well as canals, reservoirs, ponds, lakes, and rivers.
The Team Leader will be a qualified Lowland Rescue Team Leader and also hold the appropriate qualification to the team they are leading.
The flood rescue teams always work in the Hot Zone and therefore always have to be wearing appropriate Protective Personal Equipment [PPE].
This team is made up of four search technicians that are qualified to the DEFRA standard for flood rescue, and they would generally but not always follow the traditional foot team structure…