The initial application and registration process has now closed, and we are not accepting any further registrations.
We will now begin the selection process, so please refer to our website pages, or the recruitment information pack available to download below, for more information on timings and details.
We will aim to keep you up to date on the progress of your application by email. All communications will be sent to the email address provided by you at initial candidate registration and on the online application form.
You should ensure your personal details are correct at all times, and regularly check your e-mail account and spam folder. You are advised not to change your email address during the recruitment process to ensure we can communicate with you quickly and effectively. You should also double check your email address when registering to ensure it is correct.
We cannot be held responsible for any changes or input errors made by you that result in communication not being received and results in you missing a deadline.
If you have questions regarding the application process, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page in the first instance. If your answer is not there, contact the wholetime recruitment team at Recruitment2017@kent.fire-uk.org. Due to the volume of applicants, if your query is contained within the FAQ page, the team will be unable to respond to you.
If your query is not answered within the FAQ pages, the team will respond to you within a reasonable time.
Please note that all communication will be via email. Due to the volume of applicants, the team are unable to respond to telephone queries.
About the role
All kinds of people can be firefighters. It’s a great career serving your community and making a real difference. So whatever you might think you know about the role of a firefighter - it’s maybe time to think again.
Every day is different. You could be giving someone emergency medical aid, teaching children and families about fire safety, helping vulnerable people stay safe in their home, or rescuing someone from a road crash or flooding... and, of course, fighting fires. Firefighters often work closely with other emergency services including police, ambulance and the coastguard.
There is also a lot of training, both theoretical and practical, to maintain operational competence, and time spent on the maintenance of vital equipment.
The professional firefighter's job is both challenging and demanding, however, it is also extremely rewarding. It requires fitness, professionalism, respect, integrity and dedication. All of which means that to be an effective firefighter, a high degree of personal commitment is essential.
While it is important to have a high standard of physical fitness, firefighters also need sensitivity to provide reassurance to members of the public in difficult and challenging situations.
As with all emergency services, we provide our service every minute of every day, on each day of the year - the need to prevent fires or attend incidents never stops.