Kent Fire & Rescue Service News

Survitec Group to supply safe access equipment packs to Kent Fire and Rescue Service for fire crew

Survitec will provide body harnesses, rescue slings, shock absorbing lanyards, static ropes, karabiners and pulleys Survitec Group, a global leader in the manufacture, supply, inspection, testing and maintenance of safety and survival equipment, has been awarded a contract by Kent Fire and Rescue Service to supply bespoke packs of safe access equipment for use by fire crew when working at height. The equipment was purchased through a Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO...

UK-ISAR team deployed to center of the disaster zone in Japan

Specialist firefighters from KFRS along with U.S. teams set up their base in Ofunato city, Japan The UK-ISAR team, including seven specialist firefighters from Kent Fire and Rescue Service, has set up its base in a school in Sumita, north Japan, near Ofunato, along with teams from the United States. This is in an area 20km outside of the city area that has been assessed as being completely safe from any further aftershocks or resultant tsunamis. There have been difficulties e...

Fire crews provide safety advice to shoppers at the supermarket

Supermarket shoppers to get safety advice from firefighters The firefighters in Canterbury, and Folkestone Whitstable will visit supermarkets to spread safety awareness among the shoppers. Firefighters in Canterbury, and Folkestone Whitstable have teamed up with their local Sainsbury’s stores so that shoppers can do their grocery shopping and pick up vital community safety advice, when crews visit the stores. The local crews, plus community safety officers will be...

Fire and rescue service plans to include public support

"Towards 2020" risk management plan has moved out for public consultation The public is being asked for its views on key plans on various fire safety related issues and ways for their improvement. Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority which oversees how KFRS is run agreed at a meeting that its Integrated Risk Management Plan, entitled "Towards 2020", will now go out for public consultation until 17 January. The outcomes will be reviewed by the Authority in February when a...

Kent firefighters receive newly designed uniform

New workwear is designed to be safer and smarter Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) staff are to be kitted out in a new uniform which is designed to be safer and smarter. From 1st November, the workwear set of dark blue shirts and black trousers will be worn by firefighters under their protective fire clothing and when they go out on public duties such as Home Safety Visits. The uniform is part of a new four year contract and represents a saving through collaboration with e...

Organisations gather in favour of Flood Awareness Day

Flood Awareness Day shall inform fire fighters as well as residents about ways of planning a flood rescue How to plan for and deal with flooding will be the focus for homeowners and businesses thanks to a Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) co-ordinated event later this month. Yalding Parish Council is hosting the multi-agency event at The Lees, Lees Road, Yalding on Saturday, 18 September. It will see organisations from across the county showcase the role both...

Kent Fire and Rescue Service executes efficient flood rescue work across county

KFRS received around 20emergency calls after Kent was hit by floods Following heavy rains, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) received around 20 emergency calls to reports of flooding and issued safety advice to the public.Herne Bay was worst hit, with the Environment Agency reporting more than 60 properties, mainly basement flats, affected by surface water flooding caused by heavy rainfall. After fire officers visited properties in Central Parade and Mortimer Street, Herne...

Young drivers eyed by Kent Fire and Rescue Service road safety initiative

Folkstone has witnessed about 112 road traffic collisions recently involving mostly young drivers Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is stepping up its road safety campaign in Folkestone aimed at young drivers. New statistics for the last three years reveal that there have been 112 road traffic collisions in Folkestone involving drivers aged 17-24, out of which 148 people were injured, 1 fatally and 7 seriously. As part of the KFRS's road safety initiative 'Operation Carmag...

New schools will get fire sprinklers, pledges Kent County Council

New schools in Kent will be fitted with fire sprinklers Kent Fire and Rescue Service is working with council planners and architects to promote installation of sprinklers. New schools in Kent are to be fitted with sprinkler systems, following a decision by Kent County Council to improve fire safety. The move will see officials from Kent Fire and Rescue service working with council planners and architects to encourage the installation of systems in all new or large renova...

Bonfire safety warning and tips from KFRS

KFRS has issued safety tips to ensure garden bonfires don't result in fire accidents Kent Fire and Rescue Service is issuing safety tips to ensure garden bonfires don't result in injury or property damage.As the spring weather tempts more residents out in to the garden, maybe to start tidying up after the long winter months and dispose of garden waste, Kent Fire and Rescue Service is issuing safety tips to ensure garden bonfires don't result in injury or property damage. He...

Put it out, right out, for No Smoking Day - March 10

No Smoking Day (Wednesday 10 March), smokers are being urged to quit their habit To mark No Smoking Day (Wednesday 10 March), smokers are being urged to quit their habit or realise its danger, as national statistics reveal that cigarettes and smoking products are the biggest killer in accidental fires in the home. Despite this shocking wake-up call, less than half (40%) of smokers are aware that smoking is the biggest cause of deaths in accidental house fires.2 In the last...

KFRS issues 'watch what you heat' warnings after kitchen fire incident

  Most of the residents acted on hearing the mains smoke alarms and left the premises. Photo: Vicky Curtis, KFRS Folkestone firefighters are urging residents to 'watch what they heat' after a fire, caused by unattended cooking, resulted in a man being rescued from a block of flats. Three fire appliances were sent to the building in Marine Terrace, Folkestone just before 8.30 pm (18 February) after control room operators received emergency calls from a pass...

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