Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has 450 vehicles including:
KFRS currently has 75 front line fire engines based at locations across Kent and Medway. It also has a number of reserve fire engines and a number which it is planning to dispose of at auction as they reach the end of their operational life. KFRS will sometimes donate these to charities for use overseas.
KFRS has 74 Vauxhall Insignia response cars, some with an all-wheel drive capability. They are all equipped with blue lights and sirens. These vehicles are for fire officers and incident commanders of more complex incidents to move quickly about the county. All response cars are speed limited to 70mph unless on an emergency call.
KFRS has 89 Vauxhall Astra pool cars whose main role is to move staff around between fire stations for meetings, training and to move firefighters to cover sickness at other stations. They are not used for emergency response and do not have blue lights or sirens.
High Volume Pump (HVP)
The HVP can be used to pump high volumes of water for fire fighting or can be used to move large quantities of water away from an area such as in flood situations.
The HVP is capable of delivering up to 8,000 litres of water per minute.
Water Management Unit (WMU)
The WMU is a specialist unit that can be used in conjunction with the HVP for getting water to scenes of incidents where either the water is scarce or water pressure is low. The WMU is able to operate as a hose layer with the capability of laying 1km of large diameter hose and is fitted with a hydraulic hose retrieval system.
Water Rescue Units
Each water rescue unit is equipped with a boat, 2 inflatable mud walkways, life jackets, throw lines, dry suits and first aid kits. These units are ready to deal with every eventuality from a driver trapped in a car on a flooded road to assisting the coastguard on incidents such as mud, cliff and coastal rescues.
Detection Identification Monitoring (DIM) Vehicles
A DIM vehicle is an incident response unit equipped to:
- Detect of a range of chemical or radiological hazardous substances
- Identify hazardous substances of chemical, biological or radiological nature
- Monitor levels of contamination to establish and maintain cordons.