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Kent Fire and Rescue Service attends a range of incidents including fires, road crashes, flooding, rescues from height, mud or confined spaces. It also supports other agencies including Kent Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service and the Martime and Coastguard Agency on a regular basis.

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Incident
Large wood store fire on Herne Bay business park
Incident details
Update: 1pm 
Three fire engines remain in attendance at the scene of a fire on a Herne Bay industrial estate. Firefighters are using a cold cut firefighting system and fog spike to continue cooling some of the industrial machinery and to extinguish any remaining hot spots. 
 
The cold cut firefighting system uses a portable lance apparatus to blast gravel into a structure to punch holes in a range of construction materials and deliver water into the inside of compartments, rooms, or voids within a building. It creates a super-fine misting effect that can dramatically reduce the temperature and spread of a fire. 
 
Being able to tackle a fire in this way means property can be preserved more effectively, firefighting time is dramatically cut and firefighters are safer while carrying out their duties, as the risk of backdraughts and flashovers are also reduced. 
 
Crews are likely to remain on site until around 1.30pm and will revisit the site later today. 
 
They are working closely with site owner to make sure the business can continue operation. 
 
Update: 11am 
Around 35 firefighters are still at the scene of a fire on a Herne Bay industrial estate. Incident Commander, Dave Nolan said: "We were called just before 8.15am and crews worked extremely hard, in hot conditions, enabling them to bring the blaze under control within the hour. 
 
"Although not a concern, we initially asked people in the local area to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution, but this is no longer required. 
 
"On-site employees have also been really helpful, working with us to help limit the fire spread to neighbouring factory units." 
 
The incident has now been reduced to six fire engines and a height vehicle is being used as a water tower. Good progress continues to be being made. 
 
Update: 9.14am 
Around 45 firefighters, eight fire engines, a height vehicle, bulk water carrier and command support unit are at the scene of a fire involving a building used as a wood store on a business park in Eddington Lane, Herne Bay. 
 
Fire crews are working hard and have brought the fire under control using a coldcut firefighting system and compressed air foam (CAF's). This is a firefighting substance, which when mixed with water, creates an adhesive foam blanket which can be used to reduce temperature, extinguish flames and protect unburned materials from radiated heat. 
 
It is anticipated that the incident will shortly be scaled down. 
 
8.53am 
 
Kent Fire and Rescue Service is at the scene of a fire involving a one-storey building measuring approximately 100m x 200m used as a wood store on a business park in Herne Bay. The fire is creating a large amount of smoke in the area and local residents are asked to keep their doors and windows closed. 
 
Six fire engines and approximately 25 firefighters are currently tackling the blaze using main jets and hose reel jets. A height vehicle and command support unit are also on their way to the scene. 
 
Updates to follow.
Start date and time
23/06/2017 08:10
Stop date and time
23/06/2017 13:29
Number of fire engines
8
Equipment
  • Firefighting - Main jet (hose)
  • Firefighting - High-pressure hose reel jet
  • Firefighting - Compressed air foam system (CAFs)
Special and Support vehicles
  • Height vehicle
  • Command support unit
  • Bulk water carrier
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