Safety and well-being plan update 2018

This year, Kent Fire and Rescue Service wanted to take the opportunity to give local people an update on the work they do and the range of services they provide. As customers and taxpayers, they always aim to provide you with value for money and the best service that they can. They have managed to make magnificent savings of £26m since 2010, much of which has been re-invested in their front-line service.  Please take a few minutes to read the information below!

What do you get for your money?

  • They employ 970 firefighters including 51 new on-call recruits and 24 wholetime recruits
  • They have 56 fire stations across the county, with 32 fire engines available during the day, and 50 at night
  • All this to protect you and your family for about the cost of a large carton of milk – £1.45 per week for a Band D property


There when you need them

  • Their 999 operators answered 36,473 emergency 999 calls – that’s an increase of 29% compared to three years ago
  • 20,169 incidents attended last year – that’s an increase of 49% compared to three years ago
  • They have specialist teams for water, mud and cliff rescue, chemical incidents, animal rescue, explosions and terrorism


Incidents and activity

  • Thanks in part to the efforts of their home safety team, they attended just 547 house fires – the lowest number ever recorded… but 52% of fires in the home still start in the kitchen
  • They went to 4,805 medical emergencies where their firefighters were closer than the nearest ambulance (which was mobilised at the same time)
  • Crews with specialist first aid and rescue equipment went to 1,046 road crashes, as well as a vast range of other activity including grass fires, floods, industrial fires and severe weather


Helping you stay safe

  • They carried out 17,687 visits to vulnerable people in the last year – up by 56% over the last two years
  • 97,973 pupils given fire and road safety lessons
  • They provided advice and reassurance to 7,000 local people in high-rise flats


Note: All figures relate to 2017/18

Thanks to Kent Fire and Rescue Service for this wonderful info graphic and information about all the services they provide for such low cost. We are in awe of the work you do and thank you everyday for the protection you provide and lives you save.