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Fire chief's praise after South Devon flood chaos

By HeraldExpress  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

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Devon's Chief Fire Offier Lee Howell has praised operational crews and fire control staff for their response to the storms and rain which lashed across South Devon at the weekend.

Provisional figures for Devon and Somerset have revealed that in the five days from 21-25 November, crews were called to deal with 869 flooding incidents out of a total of 1,357 incidents. Crews carried out 85 rescues from flooding over that period, from properties and vehicles, involving 218 people.

Mr Howell said: "Our fire control staff and operational crews have worked extremely hard over the last five days and are a credit to the service. We have also received excellent support from our colleagues in other fire and rescue services, the police and partner agencies."

Cllr Mark Healey, chairman of the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority, added: "Everyone without exception that I have spoken to, has had nothing but praise and admiration for the crews and the control staff of the Service, for the professional and compassionate way that they conducted themselves."
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