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Flood rescue vehicles launched in Staffordshire

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A special volunteer rescue unit trained to deal with severe flooding has been launched in Staffordshire.

The 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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