Fire crews are dealing with a road crash involving three vehicles between J6 Faversham and J5 Sittingbourne on the M2 London-bound.
There are 9 casualties in total, including 8 walking wounded and one female trapped in her vehicle.
Firefighters are stabilising the vehicle and preparing to extricate the casualty using hydraulic cutting equipment.
Members of the public in the queue behind the incident are requested to stay in their vehicles so as not to hamper access to the scene.
All casualties have now been removed from their vehicles and are in the care of the ambulance service.
The carriageway will reopen when the scene is confirmed as safe and incident investigations have taken place.
M2 London-bound J6 Faversham to J5 Sittingbourne
Three fire engines, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (Air Ambulance), Kent Police
Fire crews have dealt with a fire in an electrical distribution box in a store room at Swalecliffe Post Office in Herne Bay Road, Swalecliffe near Whitstable.
Firefighters used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to extinguish the flames, and a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear smoke from the property.
There are no reports of any injuries and the cause is presently unknown.
A woman believed to be in her eighties was treated by fire crews for the effects of breathing in smoke following a fire in the kitchen of her bungalow in Downswood near Maidstone.
Firefighters used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to tackle the fire, followed by a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear smoke from the property.
The woman was transported to hospital following further treatment from paramedics.
Horton Downs, Downswood near Maidstone
Two fire engines, South East Coast Ambulance Service
A man believed to be in his forties was rescued by firefighters, having fallen four storeys into the basement of a building in Harvey Street, Folkestone.
Crews used specialist rope rescue techniques to secure and remove the casualty, who had been stabilised by paramedics. He was then transported to hospital.
Harvey Street, Folkestone
Three fire engines, technical rope rescue team, South East Coast Ambulance Service,
Fire crews are at the scene of a road crash involving three vehicles. Hydraulic rescue equpment has been used to create space to free one man who was trapped and has been released and removed by air ambulance.
A road closure is in place.
Whetsted Road, Five Oak Green, Tonbridge
Three fire engines, police, Air Ambulance, Ambulance and KCC Highways.
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.)
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