This morning (11 December 2020), crews from Highfields Fire
Station assisted the Canal & River Trust in Nottingham and Beeston Canal.
The Canal & River Trust needed help with floating
reedbeds in the Canal. Firefighters entered the water to secure the reedbeds and
covered them in netting to ensure they are protected.
With directions from the Canal & River Trust,
firefighters used blocks to secure them to the bottom of the canal.
Mark Vickers, Watch Manager at Highfields Fire Station, said:
“It was a pleasure to work with the Canal & Rivers Trust today and we would
like to thank Nottingham Archives for letting us use their car park for this
As a fire service we could safely assist but it was also a
reminder to us that people should be very careful around open water as you
cannot see hazards beneath. There can be water features or foreign objects that
could injure or entrap you.”
Scott Miller, Business and Corporate Engagement Partner, said: “We’re
so grateful to the team from Highfields Fire Station for braving the cold water
and helping to secure our floating reedbeds into position. The reedbeds are
really important in giving the canal a more natural feel and attracting more
wildlife into the heart of the city.
been an absolute pleasure working with the team who showed great enthusiasm
even when up to their waists in freezing canal water.
particularly pleased that the project came about through the new Nottingham
Canal Improvement Partnership and was a great example of two organisations
working closely together to solve a problem.”