FIRE crews from West Yorkshire have joined the massive flood rescue in the south west.
The teams have taken specialist pumping equipment to Gloucestershire – hit by the worst floods in living memory.
The firefighters are pumping away seven tonnes of flood water every minute, trying to save homes and businesses.
Ian Gilchrist, senior operations manager for the West Yorkshire brigade, said: “The specialist high-volume pumping equipment is available to be used anywhere in the country but it has to be operated by trained crews.
“When the call came in the early hours of yesterday morning, our firefighters were eager to get on the road to help out.”
The West Yorkshire crews are expected to remain in Gloucestershire for at least two days.