Our five strategies set out the overall long term direction of the Authority. They cover every aspect of the Authority's work and focus on the services that we provide to you, whether you are at home, in your car or at work. The strategies reflect the context in which the Authority operates, such as funding pressure as well as demographic and climate changes. Our strategies come to an end in 2017. We will therefore be reviewing them in 2016/17 and new ones will be published in the coming year.
This Corporate Plan provides some information about each of these themes but the strategies themselves provide more detail. You will find a link to the strategies under the relevant section. The strategies focus on the services we provide to you, whether you are at home, in your car or at work.
You may come in contact with Kent Fire and Rescue Service in a number of ways:
- The first planned time in your life that you are likely to come across the fire and rescue service is when we come to your school at key stages one and two, to talk to you about fire safety;
- At key stage four, when you start to think about learning to drive, we will talk to you again at your school or college about road safety;
- When you move away from home for the first time we have information on our website to help you stay safe in your new accommodation;
- If you decide to get a job, we enforce the fire safety regulations for businesses, helping you to stay safe at work. If you own or manage a business, then you can get help from us to do your risk assessment for your business, to help you ensure that you comply with the law;
- If you decide you want to work for us, then we will help you by investing in your training and development;
- If you drive, we provide information on how to drive safely in all weather conditions;
- If you have specific needs, we provide services to help you. For example, if you are a smoker and not very mobile, we can provide safe ash trays that reduce the risk of fire starting in your home;
- When you buy or rent your home, we will have been talking about the safety issues with your local authority. This is especially true if you are buying a flat which shares a front door with other properties;
- As you get older, we will do all we can to help you stay safe in your home. This includes adaptations to your home to help you cope with issues like dementia.
Of course there might be times in your life when you need us in an emergency. If you do, call 999 and trained firefighters will be there to help you as quickly as they can.