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New rapid response vehicle used by fire crews

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has acquired a new rapid response vehicle that has been used for the first time to tackle flooding in the county.

The environmental protection unit (EPU), which is based at Romsey, went to Romsey and Ringwood over the weekend following further bad weather on Friday night.

The specially-equipped vehicle is one of two acquired with the Environment Agency.

This was an opportune moment to be able to use the new EPU and it was good for our crews to be able to get the vehicle out into active service to help with all of the work we have been carrying out to support local communities with flooding.

We will continue to support vulnerable communities and those in need during the on going extreme weather. We will prioritise resources where life is at risk and to work with our partners to safeguard critical infrastructure, community assets and saveable property."

– Andy Bowers, area manger, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

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