A key aim of the Flood Rescue National Enhancement Project was to make more effective use of existing flood rescue capabilities through a comprehensive multi-agency Flood Rescue Concept of Operations (FRCO). This includes details for team typing and national standards for training and equipment and clarity on command and coordination in a wide scale flooding event.
The FRCO sets out the framework for enhancing the capability and national co-ordination of flood rescue in England and includes the scope of the Flood Rescue National Enhancement Project (FRNEP), the framework for how agencies involved will respond to flooding incidents, and the processes for management and engagement of national assets and team types.
This document will also serve as a basis for co-ordination with other government departments, the blue-light services, and other agencies, in meeting the country’s requirements for flood rescue.
The FRCO also contains details of how impacted local authorities and emergency responders can request mutual aid. This allows for a national, coordinated approach to respond to national flooding emergencies, and ensuring mechanisms are in place for the deployment of all specialist flood rescue assets.