As severe flooding continues, bringing with it the associated risk of contaminated water, Somerset Levels Flood Action Group (FLAG) has approached leading British drysuit manufacturer, Hammond Drysuits, stating that it is specialist equipment and not cash donations that is needed to keep people safe.
In an immediate response, Hammond Drysuits donated a fire service spec drysuit together with a number of thick neoprene gloves, normally supplied to environment agencies and essential for working in wet, cold conditions.
On receiving the equipment, a FLAG volunteer described the drysuit as an "invaluable" asset to their rescue work.
Owner and managing director of Hammond Drysuits, Chris Hammond, said:
"When the volunteers at FLAG contacted us we were only too happy to help, as we've been looking at ways to assist in the current flood relief efforts. We have already waived our 48hr drysuit repair service fees for volunteers and emergency service personnel, as well as making flood-related service orders our priority. We understand that floods have some serious and immediate health issues attached and have focused our highly experienced team on getting repairs done as quickly as possible."
Hammond Drysuits is a UK-based manufacturer, specialising in drysuits for use by fire and rescue services, as well as high specification drysuits for other hazardous requirements.
Flood agencies, volunteers and emergency services looking for drysuit repairs, information and advice are encouraged to contact Hammond Drysuits at [email protected] or phone 01474 704 123.