Kent Fire and Rescue Service is responsible for delivering fire and rescue services to more than 1.7 million people in Kent and Medway. As a service we aim to save lives and reduce risks, and to be there when we are needed. KFRS has 55 fire stations and 1,700 operational members of staff. KFRS has a fleet of more than 76 fire engines and other operational vehicles, including pumps, rescue pump ladders and height vehicles.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service has a duty under the Fire Services Act 2004 to prevent, protect and respond to fires, road traffic collisions and other emergency special services such as flooding, chemical spills or a terrorist attack.
We are responsible to the people of Kent and Medway and to the Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority
Every year firefighters attend around 20,000 incidents including:
- Over 1,000 road crashes
- More than 750 house fires
- Around 100 animal rescues
- We also carry out other rescues including people affected by flooding.
As a fire and rescue service, a lot of our work involves prevention and working with other partner organisations and agencies. Through collaborative working we have achieved success in reducing fires and road traffic collisions through our community safety initiatives. We have a dedicated community safety team that delivers initiatives through working with local people across our different communities to help keep them safe at home, on the roads and at work.
We also offer home safety advice and free home safety visits. Every year we carry out 11,000 home safety visits. As part of this visit we assess your home and offer advice on how to make it safer; where appropriate we will fit a smoke alarm. The home fire safety visit is usually for people regarded as having a higher risk of fire in the home, such as:
- People living with dementia
- Older people living alone
- People with mobility, vision or hearing impairments
- People accessing mental health service users
- People with alcohol and/or drug issues
- Heavy smokers
To find out if you’re eligible, call our home safety team on 0800 923 7000