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Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Kent Fire & Rescue Service covers Kent and Medway. It serves a land area of 1,444 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.

The service has 57 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 and being well prepared to deal with emergencies.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

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


HMICFRS’ role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, His 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 – 2020/2021

Service Area

1,444 square miles


1.87m people
up4% local 5 yr change


78% wholetime firefighters
22% on-call firefighters
0.46 per 1000 population local
0.56 national level
down15% local 5 yr change
down5% national 5 yr change


57 stations
75 fire engines


2.4 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
4.5 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.6 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
3.8 national


£22.18 firefighter cost per person per year
£25.22 firefighter cost per person per year (national)