UK Flood Response team in Bosnia

Six Cheshire firefighters were deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina to help in the aftermath of wide-spread flooding affecting the Balkan region.

Press release

A team of firefighters from Cheshire have returned safely from a challenging mission to Bosnia that involved them battling with difficult conditions to rescue people trapped by flood water.

Six Cheshire firefighters went out to Bosnia and Herzegovina to help in the aftermath of wide-spread flooding that had resulted in a state of emergency being declared in parts of the Balkan region.

Read the full press release - Firefighters return from a successful rescue mission to Bosnia

Update: 23rd May 2014

The UK team is now preparing for their return from Bosnia. Their mission has bee a successful one. They have helped hundreds of people who were in desperate need after the floods.

Update: 22nd May 2014

The UK team remains in Bosnia. They have been working with engineers to restore power to a large number of homes.

In addition rescue boats have been busy taking food, water and medicines to help those who have been isolated by the floods. The teams have also been carrying feed out to livestock and animals who have been cut off by the water.

It is likely that the team will be returning to the UK in the next few days.

Update: 21st May 2014

The six Cheshire firefighters remain in Bosnia helping in the aftermath of the recent flooding. They have managed to rescue many people from danger and are making a real difference to the communities out there.

In addition to the rescues they are also involved in distributing supplies and medicines to those staying in their homes and with livestock.

It is not yet certain when they will be returning we will know more towards the end of the week.

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19th May 2014

Six Cheshire firefighters have been deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina to help in the aftermath of wide-spread flooding affecting the Balkan region.

Mark Coleman, Paul Bickerton, Mark Bushell, Daryl Codling, Alexander Hayes and John Turner have gone out as part of a 33 strong UK Flood Response team. Their mission is to help in the efforts to rescue up to 10,000 people from the devastating impact of the flood waters.

Chief Fire Officer, Paul Hancock, said: “The firefighters will be self-sufficient for up to 10 days and operate four powered rescue boat teams, 24 hours a day, in support of the affected communities."

The six from Cheshire will be working alongside firefighters from Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, West Midlands and West Sussex.

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