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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.  

Careers Booklet

We have a careers booklet that you may find useful

Interviews

We have a short online course which you may find useful

Retained woman

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

SCC

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 running a pool recruitment  process for competent Firefighters (see current vacancies below).   

**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.

Volunteers

 

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

12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Based at Seaford Fire Station, working throughout the county

7.5 Hours per Week (Monday Only)

We are looking to recruit a Hydrant Technician to be part of the Operational Response and Resilience team.  Daily work currently to commence from Seaford Community Fire Station, 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 and paper records to ensure the Fire & Rescue Service has an adequate supply of water for firefighting purposes.  

As the successful candidate you will possess excellent communication skills and have knowledge of the Safety at Streetworks and Roadworks Code of Practice. Ideally you will have an understanding of water supplies and a knowledge of hydrant construction and testing, or similar maintenance activities. 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.

To apply, please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

Starting Salary:  JF2 - £24,711 per annum (pro rata’d)

Closing Date: 24 August 2019

Assessment and Interview Date: TBC

 


HR Development Officer

Shared Service Headquarters, Lewes

37 Hours Per Week

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) works within a large and diverse area on the south coast of England, covering rural locations as well as a busy city centre and urban seaside towns. With 27 locations across the County, we are committed to keeping our communities safer and we need exceptional people to help us do that.

Our HR and OD Department is at the forefront of driving change within the organisation, and requires a proactive and experienced HR Development Officer to support and deliver a various projects and continuous improvement initiatives.

This varied role will take ownership of HR and OD-related projects and initiatives, seeing them through from outset to completion, as well as the ongoing management and development of other HR and OD-related services. The HR Development Officer will also help to identify areas for further improvement, and will work with stakeholders across the organisation to implement and successfully embed change. This could include developing new ways of working, the provision of appropriate training, or the creation or updating of policies to support successful implementation. 

To be effective in this role, you will need to have significant HR generalist or HR project implementation experience allied with strong knowledge of current employment legislation. The ability to work proactively and independently, building strong relationships with stakeholders through excellent communication skills and an analytical approach is essential. A graduate level CIPD-recognised qualification is highly desirable. However, the willingness to study towards one is essential.

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact the HR department by emailing recruitment@esfrs.org who will arrange a convenient time for a discussion with the recruiting manager.

Please note, ESFRS starting salaries normally commence at the bottom of the salary range

Salary: £34,887 to £38,507 per annum pro rota, per annum (JF5 subject to Job Evaluation)

Closing Date: Noon on 23rd August 2019 

Presentation and Interview Dates: 3rd September and 5th September 2019

 

HR Insight Officer

Shared Service Headquarters, Lewes

18.5 Hours Per Week


East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) works within a large and diverse area on the south coast of England, covering rural locations as well as a busy city centre and urban seaside towns. With 27 locations across the County, we are committed to keeping our communities safer and we need exceptional people to help us do that.

Our HR and OD Department is at the forefront of driving change within the organisation, and requires a proactive and experienced HR Insight Officer to support and deliver a various projects and continuous improvement initiatives.

This new role will provide data reporting and management information with analytical support to help drive and support the effective contribution of the HR and OD Department across ESFRS. Working collaboratively with stakeholders, the HR Insight Officer will develop the HR Dashboard and take ownership of all HR and OD reporting requirements, which includes handling complex and confidential data accurately to identify trends and inform on continuous improvement initiatives.

To be successful in this role, you will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a maths or business-related subject, and will need to have solid experience of HR data and trend analysis, including the preparation of this analysis as reports which you have subsequently presented at senior management level. The ability to interpret and analyse complex data, both qualitative and quantitative, and to convey this in a simple, pragmatic manner is essential. This would be supported by strong Excel skills.

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact the HR department by emailing recruitment@esfrs.org who will arrange a convenient time for a discussion with the recruiting manager.

Please note, ESFRS starting salaries normally commence at the bottom of the salary range

Salary: £31,524 to £34,796 pro rata per annum (JF4 subject to Job Evaluation)

Closing Date: Noon on 23rd August 2019 

Presentation and Interview Dates: 3rd September and 5th September 2019


 

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