Fire 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 elected councillors appointed by Kent County Council (21) and Medway Council (4) as well as the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Authority normally meets three times a year. The Authority 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

Marie Curry
Tel: 01622 692121 
Email: marie.curry@kent.fire-uk.org

Treasurer

Alison Kilpatrick
Tel: 01622 692121
Email: alison.kilpatrick@kent.fire-uk.org

Monitoring officer

Bhupinder Gill
Tel: 01634 332268
Email: bhupinder.gill@medway.gov.uk

Authority and committee meetings

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the Government guidance on necessary social distancing measures, all face-to-face committee meetings have been cancelled until further notice. Following new Government legislation to allow for virtual meetings, a limited number of Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority meetings will take place remotely.
 
Members of the public are welcome to attend Authority and Committee meetings. If you wish to attend any of our meetings, you may find the following notes helpful:
   

  1. You will only be able to observe the proceedings. You may also record or report on them.  However, you will not be able to address the meeting or contribute to Members’ discussion.
  2. If you wish to record or report on the proceedings of a meeting, please follow these guidelines.
  3. Occasionally it is necessary for an item at a meeting to be considered in private because, for example, it contains personal information about an individual. Private items are always dealt with at the end of the meeting and they are always clearly identified in the agenda (as ‘Exempt’ items). Members of the public will be asked to leave the meeting before consideration of the private items starts.
  4. Most Authority and Committee meetings are held in the Committee Room at KFRS Headquarters, The Godlands, Straw Mill Hill, Tovil, Maidstone. The Committee Room has a small public seating area but, where meetings include items which are expected to attract a lot of public interest, we provide additional public seating in a separate room with an audio feed from the Committee Room.
Agendas, Reports and Minutes for 2021 can be accessed as follows

For Minutes, Agendas and Reports for earlier periods please contact the Clerk to the Authority by telephoning 01622 692121

Dates of future meetings

Fire authority

2021

Thursday 14 October at 10.30am  

2022   

Friday 18 February at 10.30am: Budget

Thursday 30 June at 10.30am: AGM    

Thursday 13th October at 10.30am

Audit and Governance Committee

2021

Thursday 25 November at 10.30am

2022

Thursday 28 April at 10.30am          

Thursday 22 September at 10.30am

Thursday 1st December at 10.30am

Governance

Our Governance documents set out how the Authority operates, how decisions are made, and the rules and procedures governing Authority meetings and decision-taking. Our Governance documents comprise the following:

The Kent Fire Services Order

This is the Order made by Parliament which first established the Authority.  It contains the Constitution of the Authority and prescribes the arrangements for the Authority to take over responsibility for Kent Fire Brigade from Kent County Council on 1 April 1998.

Part VI of the Order (Combination Fire Services Fund) no longer applies. It was superseded by the Local Government Act 2003 which authorised Combined Fire Authorities (such as this Authority) to levy their own precepts (i.e. set their own council tax).

  • The Kent Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1997

The Order was updated with effect from 18 March 2020 and the original Combination Order sits alongside these amendments  

Standing orders

These are the rules for the operation of Authority and Committee meetings.

Committee Terms of Reference

Hearing panel Terms of reference

  1. To consider and make decisions on behalf of the Authority on:
    1. Appeals under the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme and the New Firefighters’ Pension Scheme;
    2. Appeals on matters that are the subject of collective negotiation;
    3. Staff disciplinary appeals and grievance hearings as identified in the Conditions of Service and Service Orders;
    4. Allegations that a Member has breached the Authority’s Code of Conduct (following investigation in accordance with the Authority’s Arrangements for Dealing with Code of Conduct Complaints under the Localism Act 2011).

Approved (as Appeals Panel) by the Authority on 15 June 2006 and amended by the Authority on 13 July 2009 and 16 February 2011. Change of name and amended Terms of Reference approved by the Authority on 14 June 2012, to take effect from 1 July 2012.

Composition (as agreed by Authority on 15 June 2017): 4 Members (1 from each of the three party groups plus the Independent Member).

Members' code of conduct

All of the Authority's Members are expected to conduct themselves, when undertaking the business of the Authority, in accordance with the Authority's Code of Conduct for Members.  The Authority adopted a new Code of Conduct with effect from 1 July 2012 together with detailed Arrangements for Dealing with Code of Conduct Complaints.

If you believe that one of our Members has breached the Authority's Code of Conduct, and wish to complain about this, please follow the Members' Code of Conduct Complaints Procedure. 

Please note that if your complaint is about the work of the Kent Fire and Rescue Service, there is a separate procedure for making a complaint.

Scheme of delegation of powers to the Chief Executive

The scheme sets out those decisions which can only be taken by the Authority or one of its Committees (ie, by Members of the Authority), and those which can be taken by the Chief Executive or other members of staff.

Convention on Member and officer relations

The convention deals with the working relationships between Members (both as individuals and collectively within their political groups) and the officers (ie, the paid staff) of the Authority.

  • Convention on Member and officer relations
Code of Corporate Governance

In 2016, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) published a revised Governance Framework document and associated guidance, incorporating a number of new and revised areas specific to the way public services are now provided and structured.

In response to this, the Authority revised its Code of Corporate Governance, and the new code was approved by the authority’s general purposes committee. The code sets out the seven key principles of good governance which the authority has adopted and the means by which these principles are adhered to and evidenced.

The code has been further reviewed and updated to ensure that it incorporates the requirements of new guidance issued by CIPFA. The updated Code of Corporate Governance was subsequently approved by the authority at the meeting on 23 July 2020.

Further information

If you have any concerns about the way in which Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority, its Members, officers or agents conduct its business, or believe that elements of this code are not being complied with please contact one of the following as appropriate. Your enquiry will be treated confidentially and a response made following investigation of the facts in each case.

Chief Executive
A Millington
Service Headquarters
The Godlands
Straw Mill Hill
Tovil
Maidstone ME15 6XB
Telephone 01622 692121

Treasurer
Alison Kilpatrick 
Service Headquarters
The Godlands
Straw Mill Hill
Tovil
Maidstone ME15 6XB
Telephone 01622 692121

External Auditor
Sarah Ironmonger
Grant Thornton UK
2nd Floor
St John’s House
Haslett Avenue West
CRAWLEY
RH10 1HS
01293 554072