BOSSSES at Marlow Fire Station have once again thanked business owners and managers across the town for allowing firefighters time off work to help rescue residents affected by the devastating floods.

Retained firefighters working from Marlow respond to call-outs as well as holding down part-time and full-time jobs across a wide range of fields.

And Watch Manager Richard Boast has praised all the employers who have shown understanding during the round-the-clock pumping operation which lasted for two weeks.

He said: "I'd like to thank all the employers for being understanding. They’ve done a remarkable job releasing them to attend to the floods.

"Now things are getting back to normal at the station I’d just like to say thanks for all they’ve done."

Marlow's retained firefighters work in businesses across town, including Waitrose, Marks and Spencer and Rebellion Brewery.

On average, over a million litres of water were pumped each day during Bucks Fire and Rescue's flood relief operation which ran from February 6 to 22.

Therewere at least 11 people on site, 24 hours a day, equating to 3,256 firefighter hours.

Crews from all 20 stations throughout Bucks and Milton Keynes were involved in the efforts, which centred around Pound Lane, Quarrydale Drive and St Peter Street.