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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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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 & 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.

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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. 

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Hot fire training

**We are not currently taking applications for new 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 Co-ordinator

Fixed Term Contract until October 2020

Bexhill Community Fire Station
37 Hours per week

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) are recruiting for a dynamic and motivated individual to support the Engineering Services Team in administering and co-ordinating its wide range of operational equipment assets.

The main duties and responsibilities of this role will be the day-to-day co-ordination and administration of the operational equipment assets, utilising the asset database (currently Trace Asset) and ESFRS standard test procedures. You will also be required to offer help and guidance to both new and existing users on how to use these systems.

You will be required to carry out regular asset audits at Fire Stations and Service Training Centre as you will be pivotal to the logistical management of equipment, 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 an attention to detail and have excellent IT skills. A good understanding of the relevance and importance of Health & Safety legislation is essential.

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

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Salary: £21,171 - £23,638 (Job Family 1)

Closing Date: Noon on Friday 31 January 2020  

Interview and Assessment Date: Tuesday 11 February 2020

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 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 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. 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.  Completed forms should be returned in one email to recruitment@esfrs.org.

Station Manager Process- Applicant Guidance

Expression of interest- Promotion to Station Manager

Expression of Interest- Station Manager Transfer

Line Managers Report Form- Station Manager

Station Manager Job Description and Person Specification

Closing Date:              Monday 3 February 2020- 09.00

Interview Date:           W/c 24 February and/or w/c 2 March 2020

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