New water 'lance' to douse fires

A new water 'lance' which can bore through small holes to put out fires is being rolled out across Kent. The groundbreaking bit of kit can punch a small hole through a roof or wall, before delivering a super fine mist that reduces the temperature.

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New water 'lance' to punch through walls

A Kent firefighter prepares to lance a door to deliver a high powered mist Credit: Kent Fire & Rescue

A new water 'lance' which can punch through doors, walls and roofs is being rolled out across Kent. The groundbreaking piece of kit delivers a super fine mist that immediately reduces the temperature and put out fires. It uses a fraction of the water of a traditional hose and causes less damage.

It's been trialled on an appliance in Margate and has been used on seven occasions since August last year. This included a workshop fire in Doddington where oil and other chemicals were stored. Kent Fire & Service are also replacing 21 appliances with new models and trialling all terrain vehicles.

The water lance in action Credit: Kent Fire & Rescue
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