RBA Acoustics

Kent Urban Search and Rescue

Project Overview

Kent Fire and Rescue Service is home to one of the small numbers of urban search and rescue (USAR) teams in England. USAR teams are trained to deal with major disasters such as collapsed buildings and major traffic collisions.

RBA were appointed as acoustic consultants by the architect to assist with the design of a new highly specialised training centre.

The training of a USAR team includes concrete cutting, shoring of collapsed buildings and searching through rubble. As imagined, these activities generate very high noise levels and the acoustic brief was to provide a facility which allowed the USAR teams to train without restriction, whilst not disturbing nearby residents.

The facility was opened in 2010 by the Chairman of the Kent & Medway Fire & Rescue Authority. RBA are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to work with the extraordinary members of the USAR team on this project.

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