MORE thought will be given to the environment at fire emergencies in Kent.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has signed a new partnership with the Environment Agency which will see specially trained hazardous materials officers sent to emergencies where more than five fire engines are needed.

They will be able to liaise with the Environment Agency over the potential implications for petrol, chemicals and other dangerous substances entering water supplies during an emergency.

The partnership will see plans drawn up aiming to minimise environmental harm at high risk sites.

The organisations will also train together.

The Environment Agency’s south-east area manager, Andrew Pearce, said: "Through this important partnership, we can ensure that the environment has the best possible protection on the occasions that incidents occur throughout Kent."