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READ | Flooding misery underlines need for proper training

READ | Flooding misery underlines need for proper training

15 December 2015

Over the last week, the UK has seen the frightening impact of flooding as Storm Desmond battered our coasts and left devastation in the North.

The growing threat from extreme and unpredictable weather is becoming clear and now a new government-backed task force has begun to examine what measures need to be taken to prevent such extreme flooding again.

Record levels of rainfall this winter

There have been record amounts of rain this winter and predictions of more severe flooding due to climate change. This accompanied with a chronic skills shortage in the water industry means that Britain will be unable to cope with more severe flooding incidents.

Hundreds of families have been displaced from their homes and the clean-up operation in Cumbria is likely to take weeks. Indeed, in 2009 when Cockermouth and the surrounding area last suffered the effects of flooding, it took nearly four years for a flood barrier to be built, protecting the town from future damage.

Even now, more than 5 million people and thousands of businesses are still at risk of flooding.

For real-time flood updates in your location, follow the following links, for England click here and for Wales, click here.

CEO of DTL, Chris Wood, said: “The UK needs to invest not just in physical flood defences but in training a new generation of operatives who can carry out vital prevention and repair work”. It is estimated the power, gas, water and waste management industries will need 200,000 new recruits within eight years to replace those coming up to retirement.

Develop Training offers five dedicated flood defence and incident courses in the following areas:

Surface Water Flooding Incidents: Communicating with Customers - A one day course designed to provide skills in the effective communication with those affected by flooding incidents.

Surface Water Flooding Incidents: Awareness - Another compact one-day course for the awareness of flood defence and incident management.

We also have two-day courses incorporating City & Guilds assessments, all have been designed to support effective working in flood defence and incidents at three levels: For operatives, for supervisors and for managers.


DTL’s Flood Defence and Incidents Training Solutions are designed to help businesses and emergency services prepare for flooding in their area, and manage the associated risks. Click here for more information or call our friendly team on 0800 876 6708.