More cash for flood rescue teams in Gloucestershire

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Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is being given nearly £57,000 to help deal with flood emergencies.

The money will pay for an additional rescue team and a powerboat which could be borrowed by emergency services across the country if needed.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said the county has "unique experiences" of flooding and has invested heavily in this area since the 2007 flood crisis.

The grant is part of £2.7m being spent by Defra to improve flood response.

"One over-riding memory of 2007 is the support that Gloucestershire received from other fire and rescue services and voluntary agencies around the country," added Mr Hall.

"This money will ensure our ability to reciprocate by providing teams able to comply with new national standards for training and equipment."

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