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Welcome to Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority

Portrait of Nick Chard, Chairman of Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority
Nick Chard, Chairman of Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority

A message from the Chairman

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is one of the leading fire services in the country and I am delighted and very proud to be appointed to lead the Authority.

Like every public service, we are facing a tough financial climate, however I believe that by continuing to innovate we can maintain the high quality service that the people of Kent and Medway want and deserve. I look forward to working with other Authority Members, KFRS staff and other public sector colleagues to meet that challenge to deliver this vital service to local people.

Having led as the Kent County Council (KCC) Cabinet Member on Highways for some years, I appreciate the devastating impact of road crashes. I have been impressed with the work KFRS has done to help ensure young people understand the dangers – as drivers and passengers. I intend to take a particular interest in promoting the safety of young people on the roads, particularly through KFRS’s innovative Road Safety Experience which is planned to open in 2015.

About the Authority

As the local authority running the Kent Fire and Rescue Service, the Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority (KMFRA) is responsible for the provision of fire and rescue services throughout the Kent County Council and Medway Council areas. The Authority is made up of 25 councillors appointed by Kent County Council (21) and Medway Council (4).

The Authority normally meets four times a year, and it has two main Committees – General Purposes and Planning and Performance.  The General Purposes Committee meets two times a year and the Planning and Performance Committee meet three times a year. Authority and Committee meetings are normally held at KFRS Headquarters at The Godlands, Tovil, Maidstone and are open to the public.

Officers to the Authority

Queries relating to the work of the Kent Fire and Rescue Service should be addressed to the Chief Executive but for any queries relating to meetings of the Authority or its Committees please contact the Clerk in the first instance.

Stuart Ballard

  

Clerk to the Authority

Tel:  01622 692121 Ext 8206 
Email: stuart.ballard@kent.fire-uk.org

Geoff Wild

Monitoring Officer

Tel: 03000 416840
Email: geoff.wild@kent.gov.uk

Charles Kerr

Treasurer

Tel: 01622 692121 
Email: charles.kerr@kent.fire-uk.org

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