A special volunteer rescue unit trained to deal with severe flooding has been launched in Staffordshire.
Heavy Rescue Partnership
(HRP) is a charitable organisation made up of the British Red Cross, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and a specialist vehicle recovery company.
It has been equipped with six deep water rescue vehicles which can work in up to two metres of water. The trucks cost £100,000 each and carry up to four tonnes of food and clothing.
Based in Stoke-on-Trent, they can be called upon by councils in any part of the county to bring relief to flood-hit communities.
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