Within the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service area there are a total of nearly 31000 properties at risk of flooding. Of these nearly 24000 are at risk from river flooding and over 7000 at risk of tidal flooding.
In flooding situations, we have a duty where there is a risk to life or a risk of fire. There is often little we can do once any rescues have been carried out. When a building is flooded and floodwaters are still high outside, water will come straight back in if it is pumped out.
Never the less, as a fire service, we ensure all personnel have sufficent skills and knowledge to work safely and efficiently near water. As well as this we work closely with other agencies, utilities and responders on Local Resilience Forums and Regional Resilience Forums to plan strategies to protect the local communities and critical national Infrastructure.