Date Added: 14/01/2016
Think of an emergency responder and you may picture someone from the council, the Army or a charity such as the Red Cross.
However, there are many different people who help out when disaster strikes – and in many different ways.
Now, Central Bedfordshire Council is appealing for farmers to come forward who may be able to help out in the event of an emergency.
Mark Conway, who heads up the council’s Emergency Planning Team, said: “If an emergency happens then it is important to get people on the ground that can assist. But if they are unable to get there in the first place then that can cause real problems.
“That’s why we are appealing for farmers to volunteer their services in the event of an emergency. They have access to vehicles which could help to transport people, as well as heavy-duty equipment which could help to clear drainage ditches, for example.
“As the recent flooding in the north of England and Scotland has shown, disaster can strike very quickly and then communities rely on the kindness of strangers and volunteers to help them recover and get back on their feet.
“With Central Bedfordshire being a relatively rural area and plenty of farmers here, that is why we are appealing for volunteers among the farming community.”
Any farmers wishing to form part of the Bedfordshire Community Emergency Response team or looking for more information, should call Mark on 0300 300 4439 or email [email protected]
And to find out more about planning for emergencies, visit the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum’s website at www.bllrf.org.uk