Chertsey Fire Station

Due to continued stormy weather with high winds, heavy rain and floods, hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes along the Thames after its burst its banks in Surrey and Berkshire, with thousands more at risk as water levels reached its highest level in more than 60 years.

Teams from the Services were drafted in from all round the country, working night and day to try and help the many stranded in their homes due to flooding. 2,200 armed forces personnel were taking part in the flood relief operation around the UK, with a further 3,000 on stand-by.

Preparing the food

On Friday 14th February, the RRT received a call from the Chertsey Fire & Rescue Service requesting assistance with the catering at the Chertsey Fire Station, for the many Rescue workers. Teams of RRT volunteers were organized to work in three shifts, starting at 9am and finishing at 11pm.

A brief but welcome respite from the weather.

Through Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th, the RRT served egg & bacon sandwiches and pasties & beans to hundreds of rescue workers, from the ambulance, police, army, fire & rescue, marine units & the Red Cross.

Hot drinks for the firemen

The hot food and drink prepared by the RRT, was well received by all the workers, many of whom had been working long shifts and, although very weary, expressed their appreciation. Some spoke of the flooded homes, the destruction it had caused and the smell of sewage, although, interestingly, the police said there had been very little looting, which was a real concern for home owners who had been forced to evacuate their homes.

Serving the hungry troops

What also impressed the RRT during this event was the generosity of the general public. In the couple of days they were serving at the Chertsey Fire Station, a number of food donations were handed in, one of which contained beautifully decorated cup cakes. This was greeted with renditions of Happy Birthday to the unsuspecting rescue worker who happened to be handed the plate!

The army were grateful for the provisions too.

The operation at Chertsey fire station was a great success, and this could not have been achieved without the help of the RRT. Once again the teams were brilliant and the staff at the station were very happy with the food they were provided with. We really appreciate all the teams did, and we look forward to meeting you all again in the future.
I would also like to note how nice it was to see a teenager with so much enthusiasm, and self motivation, he is a credit to his parents.
Thank you so much.

Andy Hart
Assistant Volunteer Manager.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

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