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JCB loans 750 000 fleet of machines to flood zones



13 February 2014 03:05:40|Machinery and Equipment,News

JCB loans £750,000 fleet of machines to flood zones


Digger manufacturer JCB is to deploy a fleet of machines and operators to help families affected by the flood disaster zones.
The company announced that the £750,000 worth of machinery which includes four of its high ground clearance Fastrac tractors and trailers were being despatched to the worst affected areas.
The Fastrac tractors will be deployed in areas where people and livestock need moving from advancing flood waters. The JCB backhoe, with its ability to both load and dig, will play vital role in shoring up flood defences and eventually in clearing debris left by the flood waters.
JCB has already supplied a 541-70 Loadall telescopic handler to support farmers who have been left without feed and bedding for livestock evacuated to dry land from flood hit areas. The machine is being used to load donated forage on to trucks at Sedgemore Cattle Auction in Somerset where the distribution is being co-ordinated.
JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “The scale of the floods and the anguish being caused is devastating for all concerned. As Britain’s biggest manufacturer of construction equipment we are in a position to provide machinery quickly to help families and farmers who are suffering so dreadfully through the floods. It’s my hope that the JCB machines we’re providing will help alleviate that suffering.”
The machines are being shipped from JCB’s World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffs today. They will be operated by drivers provided by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). JCB machines are already at the forefront of efforts to assist in the flood zones thanks to the company’s plant hire customers who are deploying their fleets to help.
JCB has a long history of helping countries affected by major natural disasters and recently provided $500,000 worth of machines and generators to the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan struck.

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