Urban Search and Rescue Building

Kent Fire and Rescue Service

The primary function of this new build facility located to the rear of the headquarters of Kent Fire and Rescue at Maidstone is to provide a training facility and centre for the Kent Urban Search and Rescue team.

Kent Fire and Rescue required a two storey rig to be installed within the new building. Due to the size of this structure, it was installed prior to the construction of the superstructure.

In use the rig is filled with rubble and other obstacles to simulate a USAR emergency situation which requires the deployment of resources that require the freeing of people from collapsed structures or non-road transport wreckages.

The structure of the building is a steel frame with a blockwork inner skin to the external walls and a mixture of cladding profiles to the external skin which differentiate between the training and office areas.

The roof of the facility is also a profiled a metal cladding system which is finished at the eaves with a metal bullnosed detail and concealed gutter. Brise soliel features were installed to first floor windows on the front and rear elevations.

In addition to the main training area to the ground floor other facilities include stores, wc’s, a locker room and deployment store. The first floor contains offices, a recreation/lecture room, a kitchenette and further storage areas.