High volume pump

East Anglia is well prepared for floods and major fires thanks to a modern pump based at Thetford.  The new pump, mounted on a specially built MAN chassis, will be able to remove thousands of gallons of water in minutes, as well as bringing water to fight fires in locations away from a water supply.

Thetford was chosen as the location for this £250,000 vehicle due to its location, with easy access to Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, but it can also be used at a national level. The vehicle and crews from Thetford were involved in the major fire at Buncefield in 2005, and in the same year, similar vehicles assisted with serious flooding at Carlisle.

The high volume pump is part of the government’s £200m New Dimension programme to improve mass decontamination, urban search and rescue, and high volume pumping capability on a national level.  This programme was initially brought in to deal with terrorism, but can be used for natural disasters as well.