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Pay and conditions

Pay and conditions

Once you have completed the trainee firefighters course you will be allocated to a station to continue training, as a firefighter in development (apprenticeship). Firefighters in development will be in continuous training for a minimum of two years and will be assessed prior to being deemed competent.

Hours of work

You will be required to work days, nights, evenings, weekends and public holidays.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service operate a flexible rostering duty system. This system allows firefighters the flexibility to work their contractual number of shifts over the course of each calendar year (1 January to 31 December). 

Pay

Role Basic annual pay
£
Basic hourly rate
£
Overtime rate
£
Trainee Firefighter 22,908 10.46 15.69
Firefighter (Development) 23,862 10.90 16.35
Firefighter (Competent) 30,533 13.94 20.91

You will be paid by monthly direct into your bank account.

Other benefits include access to the pension scheme, paid leave, access to Benenden Health Care and an excellent level of training and opportunities for personal development.

Career progression

At Kent Fire and Rescue Service we value our people and we encourage development.There are wide-ranging opportunities for career progression across the Service. As an indication we have outlined the annual salaries of the next two positions you can achieve below:

Role Basic annual pay
£
Basic hourly rate
£
Overtime rate
£
Crew Manager
Development 32,452 14.82 22.23
Competent 33,851 15.46 23.19
Watch Manager
Development 34,583 15.79 23.69
Competent A 35,544 16.23 24.35
Competent B 37,854 17.29 25.94

Uniform

All new firefighters are issued with their uniform and kit before the initial training course starts.

Kit includes a uniform for everyday wear and 'personal protective equipment' which is the full firefighting kit including helmet and boots.

Leave

Annual leave comprises of 30 days plus 8 public holidays per year.

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