High Sheriff to praise emergency services for Bradford on Avon flood action

The main road over Bradford on Avon Town Bridge was impassable for some time after the River Avon burst its banks

The High Sheriff of Wiltshire, William Wyldbore-Smith

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Emergency services personnel involved in flood relief efforts at Bradford on Avon are to be thanked by the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, William Wyldbore-Smith when he visits on Monday.

The town was severely affected when the River Avon burst its banks on December 23 and 24.

Properties in the town centre and on Bath Road were flooded, and the main road over Town Bridge was impassable for some time.

Mr Wyldbore-Smith asked to meet firefighters from Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge, as well as local police officers, who were on duty over those days, to express his personal thanks for their hard work.

He has already been to Chippenham fire station to thank the specialist water rescue teams based there and he will visit Bradford on Avon fire station on Monday.

He said: “The flooding experienced by so many people across Wiltshire was dreadful, and it was particularly shocking to see the centre of Bradford on Avon cut off.

"I was extremely impressed by the professionalism and dedication shown by the emergency services in what must have been very challenging circumstances, especially given that it was Christmas Eve.

"I am looking forward to meeting with them, finding out more about their work, and being able to thank them for their efforts on behalf of everyone they helped.”

Group manager Dave Jacomb, of Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, said: “It is very kind of Mr Wyldbore-Smith to want to meet with our firefighters and we look forward to welcoming him to Bradford on Avon fire station.

"I was very proud of how our crews worked during the floods, so it is good to see their efforts recognised by the High Sheriff.”

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1:40pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

All I saw was arrogant firemen spoiling what was an extraordinary spectacle in the town; they were moving innocent bystanders and sightseers further up the road and away from the potentially lethal meniscus of the flooded Avon that to be honest an ant would not have an issue wading around in! They were totally OTT with their approach to the situation!
All I saw was arrogant firemen spoiling what was an extraordinary spectacle in the town; they were moving innocent bystanders and sightseers further up the road and away from the potentially lethal meniscus of the flooded Avon that to be honest an ant would not have an issue wading around in! They were totally OTT with their approach to the situation! Dr H Z Hackenbush
  • Score: -17

3:21pm Wed 5 Feb 14

exwilts says...

Or perhaps it was fire fighters protecting life and property. Despite all the warnings, police officers, ambulance crews, fire fighters, RNLI volunteers and other voluntary rescue organisations are having to put their lives on the line almost hourly due people venturing near flood waters.

As little as 30 cm of flowing water can move a car. The river Avon in Bradford is fast flowing and dangerous at the best of times. Naturally the flooding is going to attract spectators but surely safety has to be the first priority?
Or perhaps it was fire fighters protecting life and property. Despite all the warnings, police officers, ambulance crews, fire fighters, RNLI volunteers and other voluntary rescue organisations are having to put their lives on the line almost hourly due people venturing near flood waters. As little as 30 cm of flowing water can move a car. The river Avon in Bradford is fast flowing and dangerous at the best of times. Naturally the flooding is going to attract spectators but surely safety has to be the first priority? exwilts
  • Score: 14

5:39pm Wed 5 Feb 14

sliemaroo says...

Dr H Z Hackenbush wrote:
All I saw was arrogant firemen spoiling what was an extraordinary spectacle in the town; they were moving innocent bystanders and sightseers further up the road and away from the potentially lethal meniscus of the flooded Avon that to be honest an ant would not have an issue wading around in! They were totally OTT with their approach to the situation!
Of course, you were fully briefed on what was happening on that day as all arm chair critics seem to be. If you had been washed away in the floods, your family would soon be demanding why the emergency services didn't take action. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
[quote][p][bold]Dr H Z Hackenbush[/bold] wrote: All I saw was arrogant firemen spoiling what was an extraordinary spectacle in the town; they were moving innocent bystanders and sightseers further up the road and away from the potentially lethal meniscus of the flooded Avon that to be honest an ant would not have an issue wading around in! They were totally OTT with their approach to the situation![/p][/quote]Of course, you were fully briefed on what was happening on that day as all arm chair critics seem to be. If you had been washed away in the floods, your family would soon be demanding why the emergency services didn't take action. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. sliemaroo
  • Score: 11

5:42pm Wed 5 Feb 14

sliemaroo says...

exwilts wrote:
Or perhaps it was fire fighters protecting life and property. Despite all the warnings, police officers, ambulance crews, fire fighters, RNLI volunteers and other voluntary rescue organisations are having to put their lives on the line almost hourly due people venturing near flood waters.

As little as 30 cm of flowing water can move a car. The river Avon in Bradford is fast flowing and dangerous at the best of times. Naturally the flooding is going to attract spectators but surely safety has to be the first priority?
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]exwilts[/bold] wrote: Or perhaps it was fire fighters protecting life and property. Despite all the warnings, police officers, ambulance crews, fire fighters, RNLI volunteers and other voluntary rescue organisations are having to put their lives on the line almost hourly due people venturing near flood waters. As little as 30 cm of flowing water can move a car. The river Avon in Bradford is fast flowing and dangerous at the best of times. Naturally the flooding is going to attract spectators but surely safety has to be the first priority?[/p][/quote]Well said. sliemaroo
  • Score: 5

11:40pm Wed 5 Feb 14

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

"I was very proud of how our crews worked during the floods, so it is good to see their efforts recognised by the High Sheriff.”

Hardly anyone knows who the High Sherriff is or what he does, if anything.of much importance

I would see Sooty and Sweep more suited to this task.
"I was very proud of how our crews worked during the floods, so it is good to see their efforts recognised by the High Sheriff.” Hardly anyone knows who the High Sherriff is or what he does, if anything.of much importance I would see Sooty and Sweep more suited to this task. The.Central.Scrutinizer
  • Score: 0

9:15am Thu 6 Feb 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

As I said above the amount of water that anyone stood there was exposed to would not have given an ant an issue.... they over re-acted and spoilt for some a once in a lifetime spectacle but it was the arrogance of the one fireman in particular (the chap in his big red truck ferrying Xmas revellers from one set of pubs to another across the bridge) whose tone got to me, even the PCSO seemed a bit taken back by it and he and the full time officers weren't worried as everyone was behind the tape barrier...
But I guess he doesn't get many chances to get his big truck out so took full advantage in front of a ready made audience! Bless
As I said above the amount of water that anyone stood there was exposed to would not have given an ant an issue.... they over re-acted and spoilt for some a once in a lifetime spectacle but it was the arrogance of the one fireman in particular (the chap in his big red truck ferrying Xmas revellers from one set of pubs to another across the bridge) whose tone got to me, even the PCSO seemed a bit taken back by it and he and the full time officers weren't worried as everyone was behind the tape barrier... But I guess he doesn't get many chances to get his big truck out so took full advantage in front of a ready made audience! Bless Dr H Z Hackenbush
  • Score: -5

1:14pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

Please refer to my "ant" reference
Please refer to my "ant" reference Dr H Z Hackenbush
  • Score: -6

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