Incident directory

1970 - College Road, Maidstone

02/09/1970

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UK

  • Road Incidents

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Description

Date of event

2nd September 1970.

Time of event

Unknown at this time.

Name of premises

Unknown at this time.

Location

College Road, Maidstone.

Service area

Kent Fire Brigade (KFB) now Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS).

Nature of incident

Road traffic collision (RTC).

Property type

Public highway.

Premises use

Public highway.

Construction type and materials

Unknown at this time.

Occupancy

Members of staff.

Fire source and location of fire

Fuel/engine fire following collision.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

A firefighter (Ff) died and several firefighters were seriously injured when a fire appliance skidded into a tree and caught fire. The Ff died due to burns (House & Settle, 2016).

A Water Tender (WrT) crewed by both wholetime and retained Ffs was called to a fire in Maidstone in the evening of the 2nd September 1970. En-route the appliance skidded on a wet road, lost control and hit a tree causing the appliance to run up part of the felled tree trunk, leaving the cab of the appliance was some 6ft off the ground where the appliance burst into flames. The force of the impact caused the doors to jam shut. The Officer-in-Charge (OIC) was unable to move and the driver was unconscious (Pearce & Masters, Circa. 1998).

A Ff who had been in the back had to escape via the front where he then helped 4 of his colleagues. Members of the public were also assisting with the rescues and becoming injured in the process. The OIC was rescued as was the driver. An additional fire appliance and an Emergency Tender (ET) also attended. Of eight men who were rushed to hospital, 2 were critically ill with one of the Ffs, the driver, suffering from a badly crushed leg which had to be amputated later. Another Ff died 4 days later due to suffering severe burns (Pearce & Masters, Circa. 1998).

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Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

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Fire & Rescue Service summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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FBU summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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Other report summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons &recommendations

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IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable

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Known available source documents

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FRS Incident Report/s

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FBU Incident Report/s

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Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Incident Report/s and/or improvement notices

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Kent Police Incident Report/s

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South East Coast Ambulance Service Incident Report

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Building Research Establishment (BRE) Reports/investigations/research

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Coroner’s report/s and/or Rule 43 and/or Regulation 28 Notices etc

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Dear Chief Officer Letters (DCOL), FRS Circulars, FRS Notices and/or Bulletins etc

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Notifications from National Operational Learning User Group (NOLUG) and/or Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP)

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Other information sources

House, A. & Settle, P. et al. (2016). The firefighter memorial trust book of remembrance. [online]. Available at; http://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/FirefighterMemorialTrust/Content/Filler  [Accessed 20th September 2017]. The Firefighters Memorial Trust.

Note; with the above source reference, it is not currently possible to link directly to the relevant page of the memorial book.

Pearce, P. H. & Masters, P. (Circa. 1998). Fifty vigilant years. A history of the Kent fire brigade 1948 to 1998. Ashford. Aquarius Press. Pages 94 to 95.

Unknown author. (1970). Kent inquiry. Fire. (October). Page 216.

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Service learning material

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