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Every role in East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service exists to support the overall aim of achieving a safer and more sustainable community.

As you can imagine, achieving our overall aim depends on a variety of people with a range of skills, backgrounds and experiences.

On this page, you will find a list of our current vacancies and details of how to apply. You may want to check this page regularly, as we will update it with new roles as they come along.

Retained woman

You may not be looking for a career move, but you could train to be a Retained FireFighter & respond to incidents in your local community. 

Find out more on our Retained Recruitment page


All 999 emergency calls for the Fire & Rescue Service within East Sussex & West Sussex are routed to the Sussex Control Centre based in Haywards Heath.

Support Staff Generic

We have a wide range of support roles from conducting Home Safety Visits, marketing the Service to the community, co-ordinating training or running payroll.

  • For vacancies see below
Flood rescue
Applicants for these jobs must already be an operational member of staff in the national Fire & Rescue Service.

If you can demonstrate resilience, tenacity and a sound operational knowledge, together with a commitment to driving change and delivering the core values, we want to hear from you! Please see below for a list of our current Operational vacancies. 

Firefighter Transfer opportunities will be advertised here as they arise - we do not hold a 'Transfer List', but advertise roles as they become available. 

  • For vacancies see below


Hot fire training

**We are not currently taking applications for Wholetime Firefighters**

The role of the Fire Service has changed considerably in the last ten years, and the role within the community has had to change to reflect the new demands made on the Service.



A little of your time can mean a lifetime of safety for someone living in your community.


YOU can make a difference in your local community: Become a Community Volunteer with East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.


Current Vacancies

Find out more about our wholetime firefighter recruitment, retained (on call) firefighter recruitment or being a volunteer by clicking the sections above.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Engineering Asset Coordinator 

Based at Bexhill Community Fire Station, Engineering workshops - 37 Hours per week

ESFRS are looking for a dynamic and motivated individual to support the Engineering Team in managing, administering and co-ordinating the asset management and remote (electronic) standard testing of operational equipment.

Main duties and responsibilities of this job role will be to maintain and develop an IT data base to manage service assets, to manage the administration of the organisations remote electronic operational equipment standard testing procedure and to deliver training in the recording of standard testing at all ESFRS remote sites to current and new users.

There will be a requirement to carry out asset audits at Fire Stations and Service Training Centre as you will be pivotal to the management of equipment location particularly following major incidents.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to work on their own initiative, have good interpersonal skills and have a practical approach to problem solving.They will need to demonstrate and attention to detail and have excellent IT skills and a have a  sound knowledge of H&S legislation including appropriate qualification to a minimum of IOSH level.

Salary: Job Family 1 - starting at £20,432

Closing Date: Noon Friday 24 August 2018                                           

Interview and Assessment Date: Friday 7 September 2018

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

For more information, or for an informal chat, please contact Bill Brewster, Strategic Engineering Manager on 07875 133667 or at Bill.Brewster@esfrs.org

Assistant Estates Surveyor

Shared Headquarters, Lewes - 37 Hours per Week 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new role of Assistant Estates Surveyor within the Estates Team. This newly created role is aimed at someone who is intending to embark on a career in Estates Management or Property Services. You will either have just completed a Degree or HNC in a related subject or have experience of working within the Estates Management or Property Services field.

Working within the Estates Department you will gain experience across all aspects of Estates Management, from day-to-day repairs and maintenance through to Major Projects and Strategic Asset Management. This will involve undertaking inspections of sites, instructing contractors and monitoring works and services. The role will provide a key link between building users and the Estates Team, reporting issues and raising defects where required. Ensuring that all site compliance records relating to Repair and Maintenance and Health and Safety are maintained. Supporting the delivery of modern estates services across the estate, ensuring that Estates Services are efficiently and effectively delivered.  

Salary: £23,866 - £26,861 per annum

Closing Date: Noon, Friday 24 August 2018

Interview Date: W/C 3 September 2018 

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Mike Clarke, Senior Estates Surveyor on Michael.Clarke@esfrs.org or call 07950 876779.

STATION MANAGER ‘B’ POOL (Flexible Duty System)

Various Locations

Temporary and Substantive Opportunities

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is going through a period of change designed to enable us to work more effectively and efficiently through further empowering our managers. Following a period of interim arrangements, we expect a significant number of positions at Station Manager level across the Service and across different locations and departments.

Applicants wishing to obtain substantive or temporary promotion, or transfer into Station Manager roles within East Sussex, over the next 12 months, are invited to complete our pool recruitment process.  This process will be used to determine suitability for appointment to Station Manager posts and those successful will access a pool of eligible staff.

Appointment from the pool will be based on suitability for particular posts, based on a plenary approach and not on rank order.  This ensures the Service secures the right skills and experience in the right posts as we continue to build on our future.  

ESFRS is an organisation committed to developing our people and creating opportunities to enable the continuation of professional development. As well as accessing the ESFRS Station Manager Development Programme successful candidates will also continue to develop their potential through a range of tailored personal development opportunities in preparation for future roles within the Service. To further support this aim it is anticipated that successful candidates will be given opportunities to undertake a variety of postings across the Station Manager cadre.

A condition of the appointment to the role of flexible duty Station Manager is that the post holder will provide operational cover from within the County. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer relocation expenses.

The pool process will take the form of an application form, operational assessment (where required) and interview.

We welcome applications from:

  • Substantive Station Managers and
  •   Substantive and Competent Watch Managers

All applicants must have evidence of maintaining their skills, knowledge and understanding in line with their Services’ recording of competence scheme.

Closing Date: Wednesday 21 August 2018 at 12 noon

Interview Date: w/c 3 and 17 September 2018

Please send completed application forms to
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