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Every role in East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service exists to help make communities safer. 

We have a wide range of roles within the Service - from firefighters, crew and watch managers to finance, HR and procurement experts.

All of our staff are passionate about serving our communities and, ultimately, helping create safer people and safer places. If you are also passionate about making East Sussex and Brighton and Hove safer place to live, work and visit, consider joining our family by taking a closer look at our current vacancies.

You can find a list of current vacancies and details of how to apply on this page.  


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Careers Booklet

We have a careers booklet that you may find useful


We have a short online course which you may find useful


You may not be looking for a career move, but you could train to be an On-call (RDS) Firefighter & respond to incidents in your local community. 

Find out more on our On-call (RDS) firefighter recruitment page


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


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
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



We are recruiting later this year

Our firefighters serve the communities of East Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove through community work promoting safety and by responding to incidents. They are engaging, approachable, resilient and adaptable. We are recruiting again later this year, so please sign up to receive updates!


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.

Hydrant Technician 

Based at ESFRS HQ, Lewes 37 hours per week, over 5 days

We are looking to recruit a Hydrant Technician to be part of the Operational Response and Resilience team.  The daily work will commence from the successful candidate’s local Fire Station within ESFRS, but with an occasional requirement to attend meetings and work from Service Headquarters. This role also requires travel throughout East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, with use of a Service vehicle during office hours to carry out the role. 

You will locate, test and, where necessary, perform routine maintenance on hydrants and input and maintain detailed computer records to ensure the Fire & Rescue Service has an adequate supply of water for firefighting purposes, in line with ESFRS statutory duties, and a maintained and up-to-date hydrant management system.    

As the successful candidate you will possess good communication skills and basic computing skills to include the use of MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook.  Ideally you will have an understanding of water supplies and a knowledge of hydrant construction and testing, or similar maintenance activities and you will receive training on the “Safety at Street Works and Road Works – A Code of Practice”. You will also have proven ability to work alone and manage your own time and work. You must hold a current full UK manual driving licence. 

Starting Salary:  JF2 - £25,391 per annum (pro rata’d) 

Closing Date:  5th March 2021 

Operational Assessment (half day):  Between 12th & 26th March 2021  

Interview Date:  26th - 30th March 2021 


Business Safety Inspector/Assessor

Job Family 4 £32,391 to £35,753 per annum

Eastbourne and Hove Fire Stations

3.8 vacancies (full and part time opportunities) 

Are you looking for an opportunity to join East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service? We could have the role for you.  The County of East Sussex is made up of urban, coastal and rural areas, with the diverse and vibrant city of Brighton and Hove and the smaller coastal and market towns and villages, that make the County such an attractive place to live and work. 

Due to the introduction of a tiered structure within the Business Safety Department for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, there are some exciting opportunities to join the Department in a non-operational capacity and contribute to the Service fulfilling its statutory duties and achieving its strategic purpose of ‘We make our communities safer’. 

The successful candidate will be required to carry out regulatory inspections of premises in-line with our Risk Based Inspection Programme and offer advice, education and enforce where necessary.  

You will also be responsible for undertaking a full range of Business Safety activities in accordance with Protection policy and procedures. These duties will include building consultations, licensing applications and responding to complaints. This will require the preparation of reports and appropriate documentation related to Fire Safety Inspections and to supervise workloads within allocated areas of responsibility. There will also be a requirement to work outside of offices hours for certain high profile events such as Pride in Brighton and Hove. 

The successful candidates should be qualified to a minimum of Level 4 Certificate in Fire Safety. You will also require relevant fire safety or enforcement experience gained in the Fire and Rescue Service or a local authority. We offer ongoing training and development and the opportunity to gain relevant experience/qualifications to progress your career in this specialism. 

Good verbal and written communication skills together with a commitment to continuous professional development are essential for these roles. 

Closing Date: Noon, 26 February 2021

Interview Date: Week commencing 22 March 2021 

Completed application forms should be returned by email to recruitment@esfrs.org.

For further information or to discuss these opportunities in more detail, please contact Pup Upton Station Manager Central Business Safety via email at pup.upton@esfrs.org 

Please note that recruitment processes may be withdrawn or varied at short notice due to the Services’ Organisational Change policy. 

Station Manager 'B' Pool (Flexible Duty System)

Various Locations
Temporary and Substantive Opportunities

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is undergoing a significant period of change designed to improve efficiently, further empower managers and allow us to better support the communities we serve and we need exceptional people to help us do that.

We are therefore seeking applicants for our Station Manager pool.  Applicants wishing to obtain substantive or temporary promotion, or transfer into a Station Manager role in any duty system in operation within ESFRS (except mobilising which will be advertised separately when appropriate), will only be able to do so through participation in this 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 an appointments panel 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 expression of interest, line managers’ report form and interview.  All candidates must have either satisfactorily completed the ESFRS Level 2 IToCP (or equivalent) or hold the Level 2 incident command qualification in order to be eligible to apply.  In order to be eligible for appointment into a substantive position, candidates must hold the Level 2 qualification (gained though the current Brigade).

We welcome applications from:

  • Substantive Station Managers (Grey Book) and
  • Substantive and Competent Watch Managers (Grey Book)

All applicants must have evidence of maintaining their skills, knowledge and understanding against the CFOA 7 competencies line with their Services’ recording of competence scheme (ESFRS Competence Framework). External applicants will be required to provide details of this at application stage, to include training records and proof of competency.  Please refer to the candidate application pack for further information.

Please send completed documents and supporting evidence in one email to: recruitment@esfrs.org.  

Candidate Application Guidance
Job Description and Person Specification
ESFRS Leadership and Behavioural Framework 
Expression of Interest- Promotion
Expression of Interest- External Transfer
Expression of Interest- Internal Transfer
Line Managers Report Form


Closing Date:          08.30 Monday 22 February 2021
Interview Date:        W/c 15 and 22 March 2021

Please note that recruitment processes may be withdrawn or varied at short notice due to the Services’ Organisational Change policy. 

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