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Day-crewed wholetime firefighter

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Applications for day-crewed wholetime firefighters have now closed. 

Thank you to all those who applied, and we are sorry to those who missed out on the recruitment opportunity on this occasion. However, please sign up to our recruitment mailing list to be kept informed of any future opportunities.

Every one of us helps to save lives. We are one team.
You’ll be supporting our customers in their homes, where they work and in places of education. Helping to keep everyone safe. 

Day-crewed wholetime firefighters work on station during the day and respond on call from home during the evening.

Our day-crewed wholetime firefighters fulfil a particular and important role in both the Service and their local community. They live within four minutes of the station they work from and receive an allowance in addition to their annual salary. 

As a day-crewed wholetime firefighter they:
  • initially attended a non-residential 20 week induction/training programme
  • have a work pattern of 24-hour shifts, each made up of 10 hours from 9am to 7pm on station (including a one hour lunch break which may be taken on standby at home) and 14 hours from 7pm to 9am ‘on call’ by pager from home
  • live within four minutes drive of their station (no accommodation is provided)
  • work a total 152.5 shifts each year (approx. 13 shifts per month).  This is after the deduction of annual leave, each shift lasts 24 hours
  • have a starting annual salary of £24,191 (increasing to £25,198 after the initial 20 week induction/training programme and to £32,244 after 12 months)
  • receive a ‘day crewing allowance’ of approximately 10-12% of your annual salary 

The entry tests and requirements for day-crewed wholetime firefighters are exactly the same as other wholetime firefighters, which includes:  

  • online assessments – comprising a situational judgment assessment and a verbal reasoning assessment. These tests should take no more than 45 minutes and are completed online by a given date. 
  • multiple mini interviews – conducted online, they consist of a series of pre-recorded short questions and scenarios which are required to be answered and recorded.
  • practical and fitness assessments – carried out at one of our training centres. 
  • validation of the verbal reasoning online assessment. 
  • medical
  • pre-employment checks (including DBS).

Day-crewed wholetime firefighters work at the following stations: 

  • Faversham
  • Sittingbourne
  • Sheppey
  • Larkfield
  • Sevenoaks
  • Tonbridge
  • Whitstable
  • Herne Bay
  • Deal
How to apply

Applications for day-crewed wholetime firefighters have now closed. Please sign up to our recruitment mailing list to be kept informed of any future opportunities.

Further information for those who have applied

Under the Equality Act 2010, Kent Fire and Rescue Service has a duty to collect, publish and act on equality information. By collecting equality information about people who are applying to work for us it helps us make sure  we treat everyone fairly and equally and consider where we can make reasonable adjustments to meet everyone’s needs. The equality information collected is not used as part of any shortlisting or selection process, as this would be unlawful. Data provided by applicants will be used to produce anonymous reports for monitoring purposes only.

We will use the email address you give us on your application form to keep you updated on the progress of your application. Please advise us of any changes to your personal details by emailing and ensure that you regularly check your email account and junk email folder for any communications. You are advised NOT to change your email address during the recruitment process to ensure we can communicate with you effectively. We cannot be held responsible for any changes you make that result in communication not being received by you.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please check the FAQ’s. If you are unable to find the answers to your questions please contact the Recruitment Team on 01622 692121 ext 2381 (9am – 5pm Mon-Fri) or email

Due to the high volume of interest in these roles, we regret that it is not possible to provide feedback to applicants following the completion of any stage. However, once the recruitment campaign has finished in January 2022, you can ask for feedback on the process via email to

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