Wholetime firefighter recruitment information events



If you're thinking about becoming a wholetime firefighter with Kent Fire and Rescue Service then attending one of our free recruitment information events is the start.

We want to encourage you to be a firefighter knowing it's a great career. And in order to apply you must come to one of the recruitment information events listed below. If you do not attend an event then you will not be able to apply.

The events are your chance to find out more about the role, get a better understanding of what's involved and ask as many questions as you can. Simply select a date, time and location that suits you and book your spot. 

The role

The role of a firefighter is both rewarding and demanding.  It requires personal commitment, professionalism, flexibility, respect, resilience, integrity, dedication and a good level of fitness. Working to prevent fires, improving customer's understanding of how they can stay safer is a huge part of what we do and is delivered by our firefighters.  

If this is going to be the first time you will meet someone from the fire service, we encourage you to ask questions. These events are all about giving you a better understanding about the role of a firefighter.  

If you have any final questions, you can speak to our colleagues before leaving the event, but remember all the information can be found on this website.

Recruitment information events

Wednesday 29 November

Thameside Fire Station (Gravesend)







Frequently asked questions

If you have some questions, please check out our helpful FAQs below. 

If you can't find the answer there, please email wholetime@kent.fire-uk.org and our friendly team will be happy to help.

Who can book onto a recruitment information event?

• You need to be aged 18 or over before 9 September 2024.
• You need to live in Kent OR live within 60 minutes of the county.
• You need to be interested in becoming a wholetime firefighter at Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

Can I apply to be a firefighter in the next round of recruitment if I haven’t attended an event?

No. You must have attended an event to be able to apply to be a wholetime firefighter when recruitment begins in January. People who come to the events will be contacted directly in the coming months to progress their application. 

Why has the pre-application information event system been introduced?

Having listened to applicants from previous rounds of recruitment, it was clear that people would have liked, and benefitted from, an opportunity to find out more about the role of a firefighter before applying. The events have been introduced so everyone interested in joining our team, can understand all aspects of the job and be confident it’s right for them when applying. 

Why is there a limit on the number of information event tickets?

To make sure everyone gets a chance to speak to firefighters and other colleagues to understand what the job is like, we need to limit the number of people at each session. We also mustn’t exceed the capacity of each venue to keep everyone safe. There are lots of sessions taking place, in different locations, dates and times. 

If I want to bring someone with me to the information event, how many tickets should I book?

Everyone interested in becoming a firefighter will need to book a ticket. If you want to bring someone along to the event with you, we request that this is no more than one person due to limited capacity at our venues. If you wish to attend, and the person coming with you is also interested in applying, you will need to book two tickets as only people with a valid ticket will be eligible to apply. 

How do I cancel my event place if I no longer want to attend?

If you no longer wish to attend the event you have booked onto, please cancel as soon as possible via the link in the confirmation email you received. Your ticket cannot be transferred to someone else, so please cancel promptly some we can make the ticket available for booking again.

If people cancel their place at an event, can I take their place?

If someone officially cancels their event place via the link on their booking email, event availability will be updated to make the space available for others to book. Please continue to check the times and dates that work for you in case a space comes available. There won’t be a waiting list and tickets cannot be transferred. 

Can I change the date/time that I attend?

You can change the date or time of the event you attend if there is availability. Please remember to cancel you initial booking via the link in your confirmation email.

What happens after I have attended an event?

Everyone who attends one of our recruitment information events will be contacted directly in next month or so to progress to the application stage.