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Rescue service receives funding for new boat

Boat insurance may be needed by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS), as the organisation has commissioned a new vessel.

The Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News reports how funding was donated to the body by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

By purchasing a new boat, the rescue capability on the Halton stretch of the River Mersey will be improved.

The CFRS appealed for help with funding after claiming an extra craft was needed to help ensure two main locations could be manned.

Mark Coleman, CFRS operational research and development manager, said: "This investment by Defra puts us in a strong position to respond even more effectively to rescue situations and unexpected environmental events such as flooding."

The fully-inflatable vessel can be deployed in three minutes and is capable of holding a two-piece stretcher, waterproof radios, first aid bags, searchlights, rescue sled and a flares.

CFRS has 24 fire stations and a headquarters in Winsford, with the team assigned to respond to incidents in Warrington, Halton, Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester.

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