The contractual arrangement between the Channel Tunnel and Kent Fire and Rescue Service is set to end in 2025 after nearly 30 years of onsite fire cover at the gateway to Europe.

Under the contract KFRS, working as a separate arm, provided exclusive round the clock fire cover at the crossing.

 KFRS Chief Executive Ann Millington said:

“While the operation is no longer viable for Kent Fire and Rescue Service, fire cover and safety will not be compromised – there will still be a fire station at the tunnel with a full fire and rescue team. 

“KFRS’ strong working relationship with Eurotunnel will continue, and firefighters at stations nearest to the crossing, such as Dover, Folkestone, and Ashford, will continue to respond to emergencies at the site when called out via 999, in the usual way.”

Over the next year, Eurotunnel will consider alternative 24/7 onsite services, to seamlessly align with KFRS’s departure.

By Ed

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