– Fire Brigades Union
This is being driven by central government cuts. We estimate it will lead to the loss of around 100 firefighter jobs. There are serious implications or public safety. Our average response times to incidents - 8 minutes - is already well over the national average. These cuts will make matters worse."
– Ann Millington, Chief Executive of KFRS
The county is changing fast and we have to do the same. In previous years, we made sure we have stations in the right location for modern day needs. Now we are looking at how we can work differently in ways that will maintain emergency cover but also help us make essential savings of £10million over the next three years.
Proposals include improving emergency cover by increasing the hours day-crewed firefighters respond immediately from their station by 35 hours a week and improving the availability of our on-call engines.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service has announced it needs to make £10 million worth of cuts over the next three years. Union officials say it could see up to 100 jobs axed and an increase in council tax. The plans will be available for the public to comment on from next month.
Investigations are continuing into what caused a major fire at a caravan site in Kent. Homes were evacuated and people told to stay indoors as more than sixty firefighterstackled the flames in Gravesend yesterday afternoon. Smoke could be seen across the county.
More than sixty firefighters have spent the afternoon tackling a blaze at a caravan site at Gravesend in Kent. A number of homes were evacuated, while other residents in the area were told to stay indoors and keep their windows shut.
As John Ryall reports, plumes of smoke could be seen for miles. The interviewee in his report is Chris Colgan from Kent Fire & Rescue Service.
People living near the location of a major fire in Gravesend in Kent are being advised to keep their windows and doors shut as a precaution due to the amount of smoke in the area.
More than sixty firefighters are currently tackling a large fire at a yard on Canal Road in the town. Kent Police are also at the scene.
A fire is underway near industrial size gas holders in Gravesend in Kent. Canal Road is closed off in both directions. The smoke can be seen for miles around.
A new Government report into the future of firefighting in the UK has been published. The document's conclusions infer that fire services across the South East could be merged or forced to become part of a national brigade.
The report says that its recommendations could save two hundred million pounds. The Fire Brigades Union has reacted with anger - saying cuts will cost lives. John Ryall's report is followed by an interview with the head of Kent's Fire & Rescue Service.