Kent Fire and Rescue Service is responsible
for delivering fire and rescue services to more than 1.7 million
people in Kent.
With 55 fire stations and 1,700 operational members of staff,
Kent Fire and Rescue Service has a fleet of more than 76 fire
engines and other operational vehicles, including
pumps, rescue pump ladders and turntable ladders.
Every year firefighters deal with around 20,000 incidents. These
include over 1,000 road traffic collisions, around 900
house fires, nearly 200 animal rescues and over 150
flooding incidents, making Kent one of the busiest fire and
rescue services in the country.
With more than 400km (250 miles) of motorway and major trunk
roads, we are used to dealing with a huge range of hazardous
and dangerous incidents every day.
More than 225km (139 miles) of coastline, inland waterways and
the busiest sea channel in the world means we work closely with HM
Coastguard and the Royal Air Force when called upon to deal with
off-shore ship fires and rescues. Firefighters also get called upon
to help with many smaller incidents on our inland waterways and the
Thames Estuary. The White Cliffs at Dover present their own
unique challenge each time the service's techncial rope rescue team is called out to pluck
people to safety.
Kent also has a diverse range of industries including
paper-making factories, processing plants, nuclear power generators
and other potentially hazardous businesses.