Are you prepared? Essex Fire & Rescue are!

Posted 29. 06. 2018

Client: Essex Fire & Rescue Service

Contract Value: £23,085.00

Location: South England

Damage Prevented: £xxxxxxx

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has secured 20 portable Water-Gate barriers to help protect homes across the County from flooding. The flood defence barriers reduce flood risk by diverting water safely into nearby drainage systems, rivers and ditches.

Funded by Essex County Council, the barriers will be dispatched from four fire stations across the County. The Water Gates are highly portable and each fit into a small holdall, weighing less than 20kg each. The barriers can also be connected, creating a barrier totalling 180m.

Station Officer Duncan Lewis, Technical Fire Safety, said: “Our water barriers will provide an additional defence to properties at risk of flooding while building confidence in communities. “They are easy to assemble and to pack away, they are light and they are effective against surface water floods, burst hydrants and even tidal surges. “Flooding can devastate homes and ruin lives. By further collaborating with Essex County Council, we are helping make the County a safer place to live.”

The new barriers extend this work and give the Service better resources to save homes and buildings from the misery of flooding.
Tanya Wainwright of Flood Protection Solutions stated: “The Water-Gate Barriers will enhance Fire and Rescue Service operations by providing Fire Firefighters with innovative equipment that enables them to respond efficiently in a flooding emergency”. “They can also be used to reduce both the flow and height of flood water to enable rescue operations to be carried out more efficiently and effectively”.

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Sole UK distributors of the Water Gate Barrier

The Water-Gate barrier from Megasecur is used in 36 countries around the world. As the sole UK distributor of this flood barrier, we distribute the product across the entire country. The Water-Gate barrier is highly innovative and easily deployed, offering one of the fastest deployment of water
barriers available. Access to emergency vehicles and other vehicles is not compromised as the barrier can be driven over.

The Water-Gate can be shaped around corners and on uneven surfaces, offering flexible protection, and can be joined to create any length. The barrier can be supplied in crates to make deployment of long lengths extremely rapid.
It is cost effective, comparing particularly well with sandbags, especially as it is reusable.

The material used is recyclable and the Water-Gate is reusable making it extremely environmentally friendly.
The barrier is resistant to a long list of chemicals and has been independently tested. It is widely used in pollution control.

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