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Everyone is unique. Everyone has value. Everyone helps to make Kent Fire and Rescue Service a great place to work. We are one team. Together with our customers we are creating a safer future for Kent and Medway.

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Kent Fire and Rescue Service is seeking on-call firefighters. On-call firefighters are a vital part of today's fire and rescue service, providing an efficient, effective service that gives emergency cover to more than 90 per cent of the UK.

On-call firefighters carry a pager and respond to emergency incidents using the local station to respond. They receive an annual wage to reflect the time they commit to being available, plus additional payments for certain activities. They are expected to undertake and attend training.

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Water Services Manager

Location: Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Service Headquarters, Tovil, Maidstone, Kent

Grade 7: £36,042 - £41,433

Type: Full time - 37 hours per week

Ref: VR875

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Being a part of Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Everyone is unique. Everyone has value. Everyone helps to make Kent Fire and Rescue Service a great place to work. We are one team. Together with our customers we are creating a safer future for Kent and Medway.

Being a ‘Water Services Manager’

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Water Services Manager to join the Water Services Team based at Service HQ, Maidstone.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and co-ordinating the work of the Water Services department. The post holder will be responsible for liaising with Kent’s water companies in order to ensure adequate supplies of water for fire-fighting in accordance with the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 and wider environmental issues concerning the operational use of water.

What you’ll do

  • Act as KFRS lead contact with all water companies in relation to matters of policy and procedure concerning the water provisions for firefighting.
  • Support and work closely with all water companies across Kent, to ensure compliance with legal responsibilities under the Fire & Rescue Services Act 2004 and Water Industry Act 1991.
  • Continually review, recommend and implement systems to maximise the efficiency and working practices of the Water Services Team in supporting KFRS aims and objectives.
  • Act as KFRS lead representative on Committees, Working Groups and other forums (locally and nationally) relating to matters affecting the provision of water for firefighting.
  • Line management responsibilities of water services technicians, ensuring all day to day tasks are completed and targets achieved.
  • Ensure all information, relating to water provisions; are uploaded to the hydrant and emergency water supply database, ensuring appropriate control and quality assurance measures are in place.

What you’ll bring

  • Experience within the Fire & Service or Water Industry environment, including a good understanding of the Fire & Rescue Services Act 2004 and Water Industry Act 1991.
  • A working knowledge of other relevant legislation affecting the provision of water for firefighting activities (New Roads and Street works Act, Traffic Management Act, Health & Safety at Work Act etc.)
  • Experience in the management of staff
  • Experience in budget management, including financial monitoring and forecasting.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills in order to prepare reports for senior management and key stakeholders.
  • An awareness of equality, diversity and Inclusion issues together with a commitment to ensuring appropriate policies are implemented in the context of the duties and responsibilities associated with the post.

How to apply

Please complete an online application and CV by midnight on 23 January 2022. Interviews will take place on 14 and/or 15 February 2022.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service, its employees and volunteers, are committed to safeguarding, protecting and supporting children, young people and adults at risk. As part of our safer recruitment process, we will undertake pre-employment checks to verify your suitability for the role. These checks will include your references and a standard or enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Enhanced DBS check with barred lists are carried out for roles with direct and unsupervised access to children, young people and adults at risk. Risk assessments will be undertaken on any disclosures identified as part of the pre-employment checks.

As a Public Sector organisation with added responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 the candidate must demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and how this fits in with their everyday work.

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Researcher

Location: Service Headquarters, Tovil, Maidstone (remote working enabled)

Grade : £25,861 – £35,045 per annum (pay award pending)

Type: Full Time - 37 Hours per week 

Ref: VR876

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Being a part of Kent Fire and Rescue Service 

Everyone is unique. Everyone has value. Everyone helps to make Kent Fire and Rescue Service a great place to work. We are one team. Together with our customers we are creating a safer future for Kent and Medway. 

Being a Researcher

As a Researcher in our Customer Experience and Behaviour Change Team you’ll be a valued member of a small team with the opportunity to influence and build a varied portfolio of research. 

This post is graded 5-6 and candidates with a range of skills and experience will be considered. The post therefore offers a good opportunity for career progression for the right person.

Remote working can be considered with a requirement to attend meetings at our offices in Maidstone or around the County of Kent.   

What you’ll do

  • Use a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to undertake primary and secondary research about people; 
  • Work alongside passionate and knowledgeable colleagues across a broad spectrum of projects; 
  • Undertake research which supports effective initiatives that encourage safer behaviours by our customers;
  • Gain customer insight to help the organisation provide the best possible customer service.

What you’ll bring

  • Skills and experience in using research to understand people and their needs;
  • Experience of working directly with customers and stakeholders to improve services; 
  • Confidence to be able to influence and support improvements to both internal and external services;
  • A degree in a relevant subject with a strong research or social sciences focus is essential.

How to apply

Please complete an online application and CV by midnight on 30 January 2022.
Interviews will take place 7, 8 and/or 9 February 2022

Kent Fire and Rescue Service, its employees and volunteers, are committed to safeguarding, protecting and supporting children, young people and adults at risk. As part of our safer recruitment process, we will undertake pre-employment checks to verify your suitability for the role. These checks will include your references and a standard or enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Enhanced DBS check with barred lists are carried out for roles with direct and unsupervised access to children, young people and adults at risk. Risk assessments will be undertaken on any disclosures identified as part of the pre-employment checks. 

As a Public Sector organisation with added responsibilities under the Equality Act, 2010 the candidate must demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and how this fits in with their everyday work.

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Events Officer (Marketing)

Location: Service Headquarters, Tovil, Maidstone (Hybrid working, but may be required to travel occasionally within the county)

Grade 5 : £25,861 - £29,691 (Starting salary will be £25,861)

Type: Full Time - 37 Hours per week 

Ref: VR884

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Being a part of Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Everyone is unique. Everyone has value. Everyone helps to make Kent Fire and Rescue Service a great place to work. We are one team. Together with our customers we are creating a safer future for Kent and Medway. 

Being an Events Officer (Marketing)

You will help to bring the world of KFRS events and campaigns to life and enable the organisation to deliver a smart strategic approach to events and marketing, engaging with customers internally and externally. You will shape, co-ordinate and deliver a varied and innovative programme of events that are hosted and attended by KFRS. 

What you’ll do:

  • Research, develop and implement individual events and marketing campaigns that change behaviour, meet the KFRS customer safety agenda and support the KFRS recruitment programme.
  • Develop event and marketing materials as required, working with the Creative Solutions Team including writing and proof-reading.
  • Assist in reviews of existing engagement events like fire station open days, to ensure they are the most effective method of reaching the desired outcomes and can be evaluated.
  • Ensure the KFRS brand and reputation is promoted and protected for all event and marketing activity.

What you’ll bring:

  • Experience as a specialist events officer.
  • Knowledge of planning, developing and implementing engagement events programmes and managing on-day logistics.
  • Experience of working on and delivering marketing campaigns.
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to chair and facilitate meetings and events.
  • Ability to work creatively and flexibly as a member of a team, as well as on own initiative.

How to apply

Please complete an online application and CV by midnight on 6 February 2022.

Please note - if you are shortlisted you will be asked to conduct a presentation at the interview. Details for this will be emailed directly to you after shortlisting has taken place. 

Kent Fire and Rescue Service, its employees and volunteers, are committed to safeguarding, protecting and supporting children, young people and adults at risk. As part of our safer recruitment process, we will undertake pre-employment checks to verify your suitability for the role. These checks will include your references and a standard or enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Enhanced DBS check with barred lists are carried out for roles with direct and unsupervised access to children, young people and adults at risk. Risk assessments will be undertaken on any disclosures identified as part of the pre-employment checks. 

As a Public Sector organisation with added responsibilities under the Equality Act, 2010 the candidate must demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and how this fits in with their everyday work.

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Behind the scenes, there are many professionals working hard in essential roles the public doesn’t see, including our fire and rescue control team, information systems technicians and more. Though some of them may not be frontline staff, they all play a vital part in keeping the people of Kent and Medway safe.

Firefighters

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Our firefighters play a vital role in helping make Kent and Medway a safer place for everyone. As well as responding to fires they deal with a range of emergencies including rescue operations, road crashes, collapsed buildings and floods. They also play an important role in promoting fire and road safety in the area.

Fire and rescue control

When you call 999 and ask for the fire service, the person at the other end of the line will be a member of our control team. Control deals with calls about rescues and burning buildings, to road traffic collisions and floods. At times, the advice they give over the phone really can save lives. They decide what fire crews and equipment to send to the incident, and are a central communication point between our crews and agencies such as police and ambulance.

Customer safety

Preventing fires or road crashes happening in the first place is the very best way of ensuring the safety of local people. Kent Fire and Rescue Service has a team dedicated to this preventative work. Jobs in this team include visiting people in their homes to put up smoke alarms and provide essential safety advice, giving talks at schools and other groups, public engagement at events, working alongside partners in local authorities and police, a call centre to make home safety visit appointments and a variety of administrative roles.

Business safety

Whether you are at home, at work, out shopping or enjoying a night out, a KFRS’s business safety team advisor or inspector is likely to have played a part in ensuring you and your family are safe.

They have a range of ways to ensure people and places are safe from fire, from the provision of advice and guidance to businesses and landlords, consulting on the safety of new building designs during building regulation approval; and using formal enforcement powers to ensure neglectful businesses comply with fire safety law.

They will also engage with local authorities to ensure large events are planned and advise on emergency procedures and access for emergency services, they are committed to ensuring accidental fires are prevented and if it does go wrong people are able to escape safely at all times.

Service support

Kent Fire and Rescue Service employs service support staff in from a host of different professional backgrounds - from engineers to IT specialists, accountants to HR officers. Though it might not be immediately apparent from their job titles, all play their part in supporting the front line services to make Kent and Medway a safer place for local people. They include:

  • Risk management
    • Planning for the future and ensuring we adapt our service to the changing needs of the community are key to providing the best possible fire and rescue service for the people of Kent and Medway. Our risk management team analyse a huge range of local data that includes everything from housing density to changes to roads and traffic. This is vital to inform the development of the service. It identifies the areas of the county where risk of fire is greatest, so we can plan fire cover and focus our community safety efforts.
  • Information systems
    • This department supports the life-critical systems that we use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These can range from navigation units in fire engines to communications and mapping equipment in the emergency control room and systems that record vital data.
  • Human resources
    • The Human Resources team provides a comprehensive support service to the organisation in areas such as salary and contract administration, performance management, transfer, welfare, retirement, and resignation. They ensure these are carried out efficiently and in accordance with relevant legislation, KMFRA policy and procedures and good practice.
Volunteers

At Kent Fire and Rescue Service, we’re fortunate to have the support and commitment of our volunteers.

Dedication, motivation, collaboration and compassion sum up the spirit of volunteering at KFRS. They lie at the very heart of our volunteers, and are reflected in everything they do in their role as part of the wider KFRS family.

Our volunteers take on a range of important roles within KFRS, including supporting our teams with tasks, such as research and organising resources, and customer-facing responsibilities.

Their invaluable contributions help to ensure we deliver a high quality service to all of our customers, in a variety of situations and scenarios.

Find out more about our volunteers.