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Worcestershire flood rescue teams given funding

12 April 11 08:38
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A power boat rescue team has been given £72,000 for new equipment and training.

The South Worcestershire Lifesaving Club was given the government funding from a scheme aiming to improve responses to flooding.

The county has been badly hit by flooding in the past, with several rescues being carried out during the heavy rain of summer 2007.

A government spokesman said it was important the emergency services and voluntary groups could be called upon.

The Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service has also been given £50,000 to provide a powered-boat team.

In the 2007 flooding, volunteer groups and the emergency services had to rescue children from a school in Worcester and spend several days wading through contaminated water, carrying out up to 70 rescues.

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