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Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Kent Fire & Rescue Service covers Kent and Medway. It serves a land area of 1,368 square miles and approximately 350 miles of coastline. People living in urban areas make up 74 percent of the population but only occupy 23 percent of the total land area. Over the past decade Kent’s population has grown by 10.9 percent between 2005 and 2015, above the average for the South East (9.1 percent) and for England (8.3 percent). Kent’s population is forecast to increase by a further 21.6 percent between 2015 and 2035.

The service has 58 stations across Kent and Medway. The headquarters is in Maidstone with area offices in Canterbury, Folkestone, Gravesend and Rochester. The service is committed to:

  • reducing the number of fires, deaths and injuries;
  • reducing road accidents;
  • providing high-quality and value-for-money services;
  • engaging with communities to raise awareness;
  • being well prepared to deal with emergencies;
  • reducing its impact on the environment;
  • helping to improve the quality of life for local people; and
  • working with businesses to support the local economy.

Connect with Kent Fire and Rescue Service

HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Zoë Billingham
    is HMI for Kent Fire & Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’ Eastern fire region

Contact Zoë Billingham

HMICFRS’ role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.

From summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) has taken on inspections of England’s Fire and Rescue Services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.

Key facts – 2019/20

Service Area

1,444 square miles


1.86m people
up4% local 5 yr change


56% wholetime firefighters
44% on-call firefighters
0.65 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
up2% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change


57 stations
75 fire engines


2.2 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
5.8 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
2.7 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national


£22.14 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Ann Millington