The Fire Brigades Union is calling for urgent action to tackle the rising number of flood related emergencies they`re called out to in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.
The FBU says crews attended just 12 out of 54 flooding incidents in the area overnight on Friday because they were told to prioritise life risk calls above risk to properties.
It now wants more money and resources to be put into flood response.
Cameron Matthews, brigade secretary of the FBU in Cambridgeshire, told Connect FM: “The expectation from government that firefighters are expected to make adequate rescue arrangements with already slashed budgets is totally unrealistic. The result is that we end up with a situation like early Friday morning where members of the public are left stranded with potentially increased property damage due to the fire and rescue service being forced to prioritise.
“This situation is not going to go away, no matter how deep the government buries its head in the sand. The Environment Agency projections make it very clear that the people of Cambridgeshire and the South East of England are very likely to be at increased risk of flooding over the next decade.
“We urgently need the budget to make suitable preparations and not get caught out by these entirely foreseeable circumstances. We urge government to stand up, pay attention and act on this issue now for the safety of our communities.”