Welcome to Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority
Nick Chard, Chairman of Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority
A message from the Chairman
I am tremendously proud to have served as Chairman of the Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority since May 2013.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service is well respected by local people, who appreciate the dedication and commitment of our staff. Our residents appreciate that these courageous men and women truly are ‘there when you need them’ and that the range of their activity goes far beyond fires, to road crashes, floods, explosions, cliff rescues and so much more.
It is only by understanding and appreciating the needs of local residents – our customers – that we can continue to provide the best possible service we can.
Our Authority recognises that the county is changing rapidly with more housing, busier roads and an ageing population. We continue to set ourselves the challenge to innovate and meet those changing needs within the budget constraints the public sector faces.
We have invested in training and equipment so firefighters have what they need to tackle fires and other emergencies as quickly and effectively as possible. We also continue to do all we can to ensure that local people and businesses have information and support to keep themselves safe. For example, we have an active schools education programme for around 100,000 local young people annually and an innovative Road Safety Experience – the first of its kind in the UK - that aims to keep young people safe on the roads, whether as drivers or passengers.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service remains one of the leading fire services in the country and we are determined to maintain that high-quality service that the people of Kent and Medway want and deserve.
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.
Clerk to the Authority
Tel: 01622 692121 Ext 8206
Tel: 03000 416840
Tel: 01622 692121