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Staffordshire comes to the rescue of Somerset flood victims

Staffordshire comes to the rescue of Somerset flood victims Photo: Leavesley International

Two Army-style all-terrain vehicles left Staffordshire early this morning to help people stranded by the Somerset floods.

They were used by the military in the 60s and 70s and were bought from European countries and converted for use in emergency situations.

Nine drivers from the Somerset emergency team were trained up by the Staffordshire company last week.

Staffordshire comes to the rescue of Somerset flood victims Credit: Leavesley International

Leavesley International works with the Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit, which provides support in this kind of emergency. It's made up of the emergency services, NHS organisations, local authorities and the Environment Agency.

The Hagglund BV 206 tracked all-terrain vehicles are used by the Royal Marines and the British Army.

They've been used all round the world, including in the aftermath of tsunamis. They can climb over fallen trees and access all areas.

They can carry up to 15 passengers and can tackle snow, sand and flooded areas. They'll be used to transport people, and get food to stranded livestock.

Staffordshire comes to the rescue of Somerset flood victims Credit: Leavesley International