7pm CLOSE OF STRIKE UPDATE
The last of the eight day FBU periods is now over – 7pm Monday 21 July. Incidents attended include a car issuing smoke on the slip road of the M20 at junction 12, and another on the Quarry Wood Industrial Estate in Aylesford. We also attended a call to a baby locked in a car in Odo Rise, Gillingham. We have received calls about a kitchen fire in Folkestone and a number of automatic alarms which were false alarms.
KFRS thanks local people for heeding safety warnings through the strike periods over the last eight days. No further strikes have been announced by the FBU.
The FBU strike is now underway and will finish at 7pm. Please #takeextracare so you don't have to call 999. Calls will still be answered, but our service is reduced.
There has been a low level of activity during this morning’s strike. Firefighters were called to assist with a casualty at an incident in Folkestone, and have also responded to reports of smoke issuing from a self-storage warehouse in Hextable, near Dartford, which appears to be a false alarm involving controlled burning.
KFRS would like to thank members of the public for heeding safety messages during these strikes by the Fire Brigades Union. There is one further period of industrial action this evening between 5pm and 7pm.
The 14th of 15 two-hour FBU strikes starts at 6am, with a further strike between 5pm and 7pm tonight. Please #takeextracare cooking breakfast and on your travels this morning.
There has been a moderate level of activity during the two-hour strike period which finished at 7pm. A further strike takes place between 6am and 8am tomorrow (Monday 21 July).
Crews attended a two vehicle crash in Hythe Road, Smeeth, near Ashford, where two people were rescued by firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment before being transported to hospital by paramedics.
Another road crash occurred in Chatham Road, Aylesford, where two casualties were trapped by their injuries. The attending crew made space for paramedics using hydraulic rescue gear, before assisting with removal of the injured people to a waiting ambulance.
A moped rider was involved in a crash on Manston Road, Manston near Ramsgate. Crews came across the incident and stopped to make the scene safe and give first aid until police and paramedics arrived.
A fire engine was also sent to a fire in a shed used for paint storage in the High Street in Milton Regis, near Sittingbourne. Firefighters using breathing apparatus fought the fire with a hose reel jet from a water hydrant supply.
FBU strike action for Sunday 20 July is now underway, finishing at 7pm. Please #takeextracare so you don't have to call 999. Calls will still be answered, but our service is reduced.
Crews were called to a car which had gone over a thirty foot cliff on Cliff Road, Birchington. The car was on its roof and three people were trapped. Firefighters made their way to the car at the bottom of the cliff and used air bags and cutting gear to release those trapped. The casualties have been treated at the scene by ambulance crews and taken to hospital. The KFRS line rescue team from Deal were also in attendance.
The FBU strike for this evening finished at 1am. Call activity was low and crews dealt with one incident involving car alight in Swanscombe.
KFRS would like to thank the public for heeding our safety advice and not making unnecessary 999 calls.
The main risks late at night are unattended cooking (particularly when alcohol or medication is involved), unused electrical items left plugged in overnight and, given recent stormy weather, poor driving conditions – so please #takeextracare.
The Fire Brigades Union strike for this evening is now underway, finishing at 1am tomorrow. Roads are very wet so please #takeextracare if you’re driving.
The Saturday 11am-1pm FBU strike is now over. KFRS activity included attendance at a road crash in High Street, West Malling and a call to an incident involving smoke in the kitchen of an elderly person in Maidstone. Though this required no firefighting action, the crew carried out a safety check as a precaution. Other calls to our 999 control centre have included a number of automatic alarms which have been false alarms.
There is a further strike tonight between 11pm and 1am. Please take extra care on the roads and allow plenty of time for your journey, especially as more heavy rain is forecast. And remember that most house fires start in the kitchen and alcohol is often a factor – so if you come home peckish after a night out, this could be the night for a takeaway. Safety advice is available on our website www.kent.fire-uk.org and via #takeextracare.
Strike start 1100
The national FBU strike has now started from 11am - 1pm Saturday 19 July. There is a further strike this evening. KFRS is taking 999 calls as usual, but is asking the public to take extra precautions to keep themselves safe More information at www.kent.fire-uk.org and #takeextracare
Firefighters have been dealing with a fire in sheltered housing accommodation in Ash Close, Edenbridge. The fire was located in the lounge on the ground floor. Crews have brought the fire under control using breathing apparatus and a main jet. All residents are accounted for and six people have been treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by ambulance.
Last night and in the early hours of this morning, crews have been dealing with a number of weather-related incidents
They were called (21.27 Friday night) to a roof alight after being struck by lightning in a house in Maidstone Road, Lenham. Firefighters used breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and main jet to tackle the fire. They also used a positive pressure ventilation fan to vent the room of an adjoining property.
They also attended a lightning strike on two properties that had blown out power sockets and started several small fires in Hunter Road, Willesborough. Call came in at 21.11 on Friday evening.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, four pumps were called to a fire in the roof of a detached bungalow in South Street Whitstable at 3.48 after the roof had been struck by lightning. As the roof structure was unsafe, firefighters tackled the fire externally from ladders with a jet. Breathing apparatus was also used. A British Red Cross support vehicle was also in attendance at the scene to provide help for the residents.
At almost the same time (3.50) a call came about a house alight in Keycol Hill. Bobbing, Sittingbourne. The first floor and roof of the house was on fire and four crews used hose reel jets to put out the fire. A British Red Cross support vehicle was also in attended to provide support.
There have also been calls about trees down, including a large tree that has fallen onto a parked vehicle in St Clements Close, Gravesend. (call came in at 21.15 Friday evening.)
Update 0100 19 July
The FBU strike has now ended, but there is further strike action at 11am til 1pm on Saturday and 11pm to 1am on Saturday into Sunday.
KFRS resilience crews have dealt with a van fire in Chatham, and helped to make the scene safe following a road crash on the M20 coastbound.
The Fire Brigades Union strike for this evening is now underway, finishing at 1am tomorrow. Please #takeextracare if you’re driving, or cooking a snack after a night out.
The FBU strike action is now over for this morning, but further action is planned between 11pm-1am tonight so please continue to #takeextracare.
Firefighters were called to reports of a fire at Kent and Canterbury Hospital. They carried out a thorough search wearing breathing apparatus but no firefighting action was required. We also dealt with a small number of calls to fire alarms sounding.
KFRS are grateful to the public for keeping 999 calls to the fire service to a minimum during the strike period. Please continue to drive with care this morning, road surfaces are still wet. Always use a safe speed for the conditions and allow plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front.
The latest two hour FBU strike starts at 6am this morning. Please unplug all non-essential appliances including the TV as lightning can cause power surges.
Take extra care on your journey to work and always drive according to the weather conditions. Please only call 999 in a genuine emergency.
See www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/advice/lightning.html for more information.
The FBU strike action is now over for this evening, and further action is planned for tomorrow from 6am.
A number of calls were received, including false automatic fire alarms at Canterbury Christchurch University and at flats in Albion Road, Birchington. Calls were also received reporting smoke issuing from a yard in Sacketts Hill, Broadstairs and a diesel spillage on a petrol station forecourt in Stanford.
Crews attended an incident where an elderly lady was shut in a lift in Ditton, Larkfield. Although we don’t always attend people shut in a lift, there was concern over the lady’s welfare, especially given the high temperatures.
A fire engine also responded to reports of bushes alight in Kingsway, Darland in Gillingham which turned out to be a well-intentioned false alarm.
KFRS also received two abandoned calls, one believed to have been made by children. Please only call 999 in a genuine emergency. All malicious calls are treated seriously and may result in phones being disconnected.
The public is thanked for heading safety messages and asked to #takeextracare during the warm, dry weather to avoid activities that may cause outdoor fires.
The FBU strike is now underway, finishing at 7pm - 999 calls will still be answered and resilience crews are responding to genuine emergencies. Please take extra care.
Update 8am - The latest FBU strike ended at 8am but further action takes place between 5-7pm today, so please take care on your journey home.
There has been a low level of activity during this morning’s strike and KFRS is grateful to the public for taking care to avoid fires or other emergencies during this time. With the weather predicted to be hot and humid over the next few days, please dispose of cigarettes and matches carefully to avoid sparking an outdoor fire. Get more safety advice at www.kent.fire-uk.org
The Fire Brigades Union are on strike until 8am. 999 calls will be answered, please only call in a genuine emergency and take extra care.
Crews have helped rescue a woman from her vehicle following a collision involving two cars on Minster Road in Westgate on Sea. Hydraulic cutting equipment was used to release the woman from the car, before she was then given over to the care of the ambulance service.
The FBU strike is now finished for this evening. Calls have been received about a faulty automatic fire alarm in West Kingsdown and a further false fire alarm in Dartford. There was a call to a burst water main in South Road, Hythe and a fire engine was sent to a put out a grass fire Lower Higham Road, Gravesend.
The public is thanked for heeding safety advice and is reminded that further strike action will be taking place between 6am and 8am tomorrow. Please take extra care and only call us in a genuine emergency.
Firefighters are now on strike until 7pm - 999 calls will still be answered, please only call in a life-threatening emergency.
The FBU strike period ended at 8am. There is a second period of industrial action between 5pm and 7pm this evening.
There has been a low level of activity during the FBU strike. Calls have been received about a faulty automatic fire alarm in a premises in Dover, a false alarm in Halfway on the Isle of Sheppey, petrol leaking from a vehicle in Sittingbourne and reports of a smell of smoke in a wooden house in Rainham.
Crews were also sent to a van on fire on the hard shoulder of the A2 London-bound near Pepperhill Junction. Upon arrival the van was found to be well alight and they extinguished the blaze in around five minutes.
Fire crews are on strike from 6am until 8am, please #takeextracare on your journey if you're travelling today
Safety advice and information about further strikes can be found on our home page at www.kent.fire-uk.org
The FBU strike is now over. We attended a coach alight between junction 8 and 9 of the M20 near Maidstone where passengers had already been evacuated. Other incidents have included a bonfire out of control in Tudor Avenue, Maidstone that had set light to a fence and an outdoor fire in Dunton Green. We were also called to smoke issuing from a generator in a yard in Beaver Lane, Ashford.
KFRS is asking the public to take extra care during the next few days of hot weather and avoid anything that could cause an outdoor fire. Safety advice on our website kent.fire-uk.org The next strike is 6-8am tomorrow (Thursday)
Strike has started (5-7pm)
The Fire Brigades Union strike for this morning has now finished and normal service has been resumed.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service dealt with a number of false alarm calls during this period.
Further strike action is planned for this evening from 5pm to 7pm, so please continue to take extra care.
The Fire Brigades Union strike is now in operation until 8am, please only call 999 in a genuine emergency.
Calls during the 5-7pm strike have included a number of automatic fire alarms and a call to an outdoor fire in Kingsdown. Crews have also responded to a report of grass alight on a hillside verge near to the Eureka Leisure Park.
With hot weather predicted over the next few days, the public are being asked to take extra care when walking outdoors, and to avoid throwing away lighted cigarettes or matches and setting outdoor fires. The next strike period is tomorrow (Tuesday from 6-8am and 5-7pm).
Firefighters are now on strike until 7pm - 999 calls will still be answered, please only call in a life-threatening emergency.
The FBU strike period for this morning has now ended. The public are thanked for heeding safety warnings and reminded of further strikes this week; please see the website for further details.
The Fire Brigades Union’s (FBU) strike is now underway and finishes at 8am today.
Executive Ensuite Room Single Occupancy from £60 per night This includes VAT. FREE breakfast, FREE Parking, FREE Internet FREE toiletries Restaurant and Bar Available see opening timesIf you wish to book with us direct Tel 01494 440095 or Book Online. http://www.cliftonlodgehotel.co.uk/enquiry-booking-form Clifton Lodge
Single Ensuite from £49.00 per night.This includes VAT. FREE breakfast, FREE Parking, FREE Internet FREE toiletries
Restaurant and Bar Available see opening times
If you wish to book with us direct Tel 01494 440095
or book online http://www.cliftonlodgehotel.co.uk/enquiry-booking-form
Ensuite Twin Bedded Room from £60 per night. This includes VAT. FREE breakfast, FREE Parking, FREE Internet FREE toiletriesRestaurant and Bar Available see opening timesIf you wish to book with us direct Tel 01494 440095 Book Online at.http://www.cliftonlodgehotel.co.uk/enquiry-booking-form
Ensuite Double Bedded Room from £65 per night Jan inclusive of VAT. FREE breakfast FREE parking FREE Internet FREE toiletriesRestaurant and Bar Available see opening times
If you wish to book with us direct Tel 01494 440095 Book online go to http://www.cliftonlodgehotel.co.uk/enquiry-booking-form
New footage of attempts by migrants to break into moving vehicles approaching the Port of Calais has emerged as lorry drivers crossing the Channel to Kent launch a campaign demanding better protection for their vehicles.