After helping in the Mozambique floods of 2000, the RNLI formed its own Flood Rescue Team to respond to flood emergencies.
The RNLI Flood Rescue Team is always ready to carry out search and rescue operations wherever severe flooding puts lives at risk. The team is made up of volunteers from across the RNLI, including lifeboat crew and operational staff, all specially trained in swift water rescue.
When there’s a flooding emergency in the UK or Ireland, the Fire and Rescue Service’s Command and Control system coordinates the emergency response, which can include deploying the RNLI Flood Rescue Team.
Across the RNLI, flood rescue volunteers stand by, ready to assist the Fire and Rescue Service and other emergency services in the search and rescue operation.
Regional flood rescue teams are fully equipped to allow the team to operate self-sufficiently for up to 48 hours.
The flood rescue equipment for each team includes:
- two adapted inshore lifeboats
- two vehicles - a rescue van and a Land Rover for off-road driving
- an operational base gazebo
- electric generator
- scene lighting and maintenance equipment
- personal protection equipment
- canyon line and technical rope kit
- wading poles
- food and refreshments