Following the chemical incident in Langley
near Maidstone, yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, 6 November), SECAmb
is continuing to support those involved, although it has now stood
down the Major Incident declared in response to this.
The Trust sent a number of emergency
resources to the scene, including its Hazardous Area Response Team
(HART) and the air ambulance, to assess and treat 48 patients.
Chris Stamp, the Strategic Commander
overseeing the Trust’s response said: “This has been a
protracted incident, involving large numbers of patients. To date,
four patients have been transported by our crews to hospital – one
to Pembury and more recently, three to Maidstone Hospital.
“I would like to offer my sympathy to those
affected and to reassure the public that the Trust implemented
well-rehearsed plans in response to this incident.”
“We are continuing to work with our
emergency service and local authority partners to care for patients
who have now been transferred to a rest centre, which includes a
significant welfare and treatment plan for those unfortunately
“I would like to extend my thanks and praise
to all of the staff involved for their hard work and commitment
during this incident.”