Hull West and Hessle MP, Alan Johnson stepped into a rescue boat to experience, first hand some of the problems encountered by flood rescue teams nationwide.
Mr Johnson visited Hessle Foreshore based independent charity ‘Humber Rescue’ to meet volunteer crew members, share experiences and thank them for their efforts during the December floods. He had chosen to visit our teams to get an understanding of how the volunteers work and also to talk of difficulties encountered when trying to identify funding streams and partnership working.
Whilst talking to the crew members he openly accepted an offer to go out on the rescue boat to get a feeling of what the working conditions can be like for the teams responding to emergencies. Kitted out in full undersuit, dry suit, lifejacket and helmet, Mr Johnson took to the River Humber to get an understanding of what life is like for flood rescue workers.
Dave Roberts, Chairman, Trustee and Coxswain with Humber Rescue said; “It is an honour for our volunteers to meet Mr Johnson and it was so pleasing when he offered to get a feel of what life is like for the teams when they’re out on an emergency.”
Mr Johnson has already agreed to meet managers from Humber Rescue to try and help with identifying funding and partnership organisations which will be an enormous help for the charity organisation, going forward.
Others shared their own experiences of the December floods with the MP. Crewmember Tony Lewis said, “I find it refreshing that someone such as Alan Johnson has found the time to come and see us, to share our experiences. From this he can form a picture in his mind of how it really was for not only us but the flood victims too.”