New firefighting equipment announced
equipment is being rolled out in Gravesend and Dartford.
From an all terrain vehicle to
specialist technology which can cut through concrete and rapidly
reduce the temperature of building fires.
Dartford crews will soon be
using an all terrain vehicle which can access rural areas, such as
woodland, which are difficult to get to with a normal fire
They will be used to fight
countryside fires but can also be equipped with a plough and tracks
to enable their use during periods of severe weather.
Meanwhile, both Dartford and
Thames-side fire stations will be receiving new fire engines
equipped with a groundbreaking firefighting system which enables
firefighters to begin tackling structural fires while remaining
It uses a fraction of the water
of a traditional hose and so generally would cause less damage and
save more of the property.
Kent Fire and Rescue’s Chris
Colgan said: "The lance blasts aggregate into the structure,
creating a small hole which we can then put a super fine mist of
"This reduces the temperature of
the fire by several hundred degrees within seconds which not only
drastically reduces the damage the fire can cause, but also helps
firefighters by lowering the risk of backdrafts and
The all terrain vehicle in
Dartford will be complimented by a new 4X4 vehicle equipped with a
fire-fogging unit – a high-powered hose that can reach inaccessible
areas and fight woodland and grassland fires far quicker than a