SIX Cheshire firefighters including one from Warrington fire station have been deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina to help in the aftermath of wide-spread flooding affecting the Balkan region.

John Turner is part of a 33 strong UK flood response team helping efforts to rescue up to 10,000 people after torrential rain caused some of the worst flooding since modern records began.

Paul Hancock, chief fire officer, said: “The firefighters will be self-sufficient for up to 10 days and operate four powered rescue boat teams 24 hours a day in support of the affected communities."

The six from Cheshire will be working alongside firefighters from Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, West Midlands and West Sussex.